Kasbah - Fort, Tangier
This was my first-ever visit to the Tangier Kasbah, the ancient fortifications are impressive but modernised buildings have sprung up inside the fortress and vehicles demand access through the narrow streets which were only designed to accommodate carts, mules, horses and pedestrians.
The original palace is now the museum ( 10 dirhams admission) and the various exhibition rooms contain all the usual period artifacts and rusty weaponry, the only room I found interesting was the treasury (beet le mal) containing huge wooden coffers where gold coins for the Kasbah's expenses were stored. The main square Place de la Kasbah, originally a Mechouar, has two doors leading on to the cliff edge which offers spectacular views of the new port constructions and beyond.
There are several gates (Babs) one of which is amusingly named Bab Haha, which leads down to the Medina, I found the walk down the Medina to the Petit Socco more interesting than the Kasbah itself. There is an information tablet at Bab de la Kasbah (vandalised) and another in Place de la Kasbah, both detail information and suggested routes to and from the Kasbah, some low-level touts, mostly teenage boys, loiter around here offering (illegal) guiding services around the fort, the commission of which is entirely unnecessary because of the information map tablets.
In comparison with the preserved Portuguese Citadels in Essaouira and El Jadida, Tangier's Kasbah was disappointing.
Kasbah means fortress.THe kasbah is in the medina;other arab word meaning town.In fact medina is the old town in the arab towns.Zoco is the word for souk or street market.Socco is a bad spanish translation.
My travel to Morocco was my second travel abroad.I went from Algeciras to Tangier and then to Tetouan and Ceuta by bus.I remember to odour in the zoco:a misture of spices and sweat.
Kasbah fortification is on the top of the hill and you can find many local activities like beggars asking for money millions of people trying to sell you something and snake masters .
Yes you are in Northern Africa..Local people explain that this is a unique place to see two continents at once .I didnt tell them that I am coming from Istanbul ..
The Kasbah museum is located in a former Palace at Place de la Kasbah, the highest point of the city, at the northern end of the medina. The museum contains Moroccan arts with exhbitis such as traditional furniture, pottery and musical instruments.
The palace building itself is far more interesting than anything it contains. It was built by Moulay Ismail in the 17th century and the exhibits are on show in its various apartments and salons.
The entrance fee is 10 Dh, a standard charge for museums in Morocco.
The fortification area called now Kashbar is a quarter of winding streets, alleys, arcades.
People there are very nice and willing to stop to chat, on the kashbar square you can go to the view point to the ocean and also lots of groups of tourists in day excursions watching the snakes dancing ;-)
The main street of medina lead me to Kasbah (the "Place de la Kasbah") that is the old arab castle and the highest point in the medina. Luckily there were no more crowds but a few visitors busy taking pictures of the fortifications.
The fortifications surprisigly are in very good condtion. The walls are simple, not-white but natural-earth-clay in colour and... not that much interesting. and they are put in very chaotic way. I guess, they had to be changed many times in the past.
The kasbah in Tangier is constructed on the highest point of the Medina and provides excellent views of the ocean and the city. Back when Tanger was an International Zone, the Kasbah was a fashionable address for all the expatriates and celebrities that called Tangier their home.
this was a museum. but i could only spend 4 hours in tanger with a guide. so i had no time to visit it.
Museum dedicated to the history of the Kasbah and containing a small but interesting collection of artifacts.
The fort, or kasbah, in Tangier has tall, imposing walls, and you can see how it could have proved quite a challenge to any prospective marauders.
The picture shows the main entrance to the Kasbah, the fortified area adjacent to the former sultanate palace.