Chellah in Rabat

August 13 – We spent the day in Rabat. We walked a long distance along the main highway and river to the ancient Roman ruins on the edge of the city of Rabat. The ruins were impressive – the Chellah ist medieval Muslim necropolis.
The Phoenicians established there a trading emporium, after that the site became an ancient Roman colony. In the 13th century the Marinids built a chellah, a sacred necropolis, with mosque, minaret and royal tombs.  The minaret survived, you can see it today.

We walked 17 km today. From the terrace at our Hotel in Rabat we had some spectatular views of the ocean and the water front to the West, and the Medina and the riverwalk to the North and the East.

Roman remains of Chellah (© Mervin Smucker)

Roman remains of Chellah (© Mervin Smucker)

13th century minaret (© Mervin Smucker)

13th century minaret (© Mervin Smucker)

Mervin Smucker

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