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  • The pharmasists at the herb pharmacy.
    The pharmasists at the herb pharmacy.
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    Entrance to Kasbah
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    The Atlantic Ocean and locals

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 29, 2005

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    The Kasbah fortifications, the highest point in the medina offer a view towards the Atlantic Ocean.

    To be honest it is not the best Atlantic view. The beach below looks dirty, Europe is not seen on a horizon and the Tangier port to the right doesn't look great. But there are many locals and visitors walking there, so it's a good place to watch them. And maybe the place looks nicer at sunset/sunrise at least for photography fan.

    THE KASBAH FORTIFICATIONS AND THE ATLANTIC CITY
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    Tangiers's Kasbah - see two continents at once!

    by dlytle Updated Oct 27, 2003

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    Tangiers Kasbah is built on the highest point of the city. Its gate opens on to a large open courtyard that leads to Dar el Makhzen, the 17th century former Sultan’s palace that now serves as a museum. The building boasts some beautifully carved wooden ceilings and a marble courtyard. There is also a museum devoted to Moroccan arts and archeology.

    From the open courtyard you have one of the best views of the world since the Kasbah is standing on the top of the hill on which Tangier is built. There aren't many places where you can see two continents at once.

    It has an incredible view across the Straits of Gibraltar to Spain. This definitely rates as a major attraction of Tangier. The road all the way up from the harbor to the hill top is steep and colorful.

    View Africa and Europe from Tangiers's Kasbah
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    Muslim pattern of bricks

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    A very tall minaret of Sidi Bou Abib Mosque dominates skyline around Grand Socco square. Unfortunatelly, I was not allowed to visit its interiors as mosques are closed for non-muslims in Tangier.

    The white, hidden among other houses, edifice of the mosque didn't look impressive in contrast to highly decorative with multi-hued faiences walls of the minaret which was, as usual in North Africa, square in shape. The pattern of bricks, on my picture, is typical for Muslim architecture and easy to find all over North Africa.

    MINARET OF MOSQUE SIDI BOU ABIB
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    Main street of the medina

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    The medina is an old arab city. I found the main street of the medina of Tangier a very busy, lively place with lots of people and houses in many different styles. It's a place to watch locals. Warning: there are very few restaurants/bars with tables put outside along the street. Side streets are mostly empty and very narrow, often blind with, not always clean, little corners.

    It's important that most of this part of the medina is in good condition although I found a very neglected medina as well, off the beaten path.

    MAIN STREET OF THE MEDINA, TANGIER
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    The Grand Mosque

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 29, 2005

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    I am not a Muslim. Thus I was not allowed to visit interiors of a main mosque of Tangier called, like usual, the Grand Mosque.

    Well, I was a bit dissapointed. The cramped edifice is pushed among casual, dirty white houses and easy to skip. Look for the decorative, keyhole shape doorgate (picture at my intro) with a few beggars in front. And look above to see white-green, square tower - the Grand Mousque's minaret, surprisingly not the tallest in Tangier. Main catholic churches (cathedrals or basilicas) in Europe almost always have the tallest towers. Does it mean anything?

    THE GRAND MOSQUE - THE MINARET
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    Non-arabic gate

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    There are many gates to Tangier's Kasbah of which, this one, on my picture, looks the best preserved. Well, it was probably the youngest of the gates built in simple, modest style. The gate didn't follow typical muslim, arabic keyhole shape and had no decorative elements.

    I realized that Tangier, the gateway to the African continent, belonged to Phoenicians, Berbers, Portuguese and Spaniards who had all left their mark on the city before it passed into Moroccan hands. Add here French and even English power over the city in the past.

    THE NON_ARABIC GATE TO THE KASBAH
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    Museum in former palace

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    The Kasbah fortifications are located in front of the former sultanate and governor's palace: Dar El Makhzen built in 17th century by by sultan Moulay Ismail. The white, renovated recently, palace houses the Moroccan Arts and Antiquities Museum.

    Both the building, the little Sultan's Gardens and the exhibits of moroccan art in the rooms round the arcaded courtyard are quite interesting at least for history lovers. I remember especially painted wooden ceilings of the prince's apartments and manuscripts with the beautiful calligraphy.

    DAR EL MAKHZEN, FORMER SULTANATE/GOVERNOR'S PALACE
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    The little Zoco or Socco

    by Carmela71 Updated Aug 26, 2005

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    The little zoco may surprise you the first time you see it.

    When you leave the port in direction to the Grand Zoco, passing through the Medina, you cross a little square surrender by cafe’s where people (99% men and 1% women tourist of course!) is sitting around enjoying mint teas.

    That’s it, in just a couple in seconds you have cross and you can easily miss it! :-)

    One of the Gates to the Medina

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    Main gate to the medina

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    The medina (old Arab town) is surrounded by walls with gates, as usual in North Africa. The main gate from Grand Socco to the medina is tall and too narrow for two-way traffic. It's built in typical Arabic, muslim shape of a keyhole and is modestly decorated. The gate was white in the past, but, like many houses around, it was rather grey or dirty-white when I passed through it to the medina.

    It is a very busy place with a lot of natives walking fastly around. There are a lot of street stalls mostly with food (vegetables, fruits) behind the gate.

    GATE FROM GRAND SOCCO TO THE MEDINA
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    The Grand Zoco and Mosque

    by Carmela71 Updated Aug 28, 2005

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    This big square can get pretty busy and it is a good spot to stop and just watch around (if they let you without trying to get you into conversation!)

    At your right coming from the little zoco you will see the Sidi Bou Abid Mosque. Just in front following the road you can find the Hotel Minzah (you have to go there for dinner one night!! but we will talk about it at another tip).

    At your left a street takes you down to another market

    At your right just parallel to the same street that we have taken to go up, it takes you down to the kasbah (ok you can get as well walking around the medina, but you will get lost for sure)

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    Boulevard Mohammed V

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    If you go when the sun sets down, you will find that all the life has gone to this area, thousands of people walking up and down the boulevard (like in the old times in Spain), full of life, you can sit at a Coffee and watch or just wander around...

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    Arabic gate

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Bab el Kasbah (Gate to Kasbah) is the main entrance to the Kasbah built in typical for muslims, keyhole shape. The gate is perfectly preserved. I almost got the feeling that it was still serving its purpose of keeping people both out and in. There was no traffic around, just a few natives in traditional jellabias.

    BAB EL KASBAH
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    The snake chamers

    by mvtouring Written Aug 3, 2004

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    You will find these guys in most Moroccan cities. They work with the cobra's in order to get some money in and entertain some stupid tourists.

    I was not much in favour of them and kept a good distance, you never know what these animals might do. People forget that they are wild animals and we cannot control their actions always.

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    Walking tour

    by barbskie Updated Jul 13, 2008

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    A walking tour is a must. Join a group with guide to have more informations and avoid hassles. The Kasbah and Medina story are very interesting. During the tour, though, there are young boys and men offering you and selling different kind of things don't be bothered, they're polite anyway. Just ignore them and it is for them alright. If you pay attention and tell them you don't need anything, no problem as well, and they even wish you a good day and a nice stay in Tangier!

    inside the Kasbah traditional door knob

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    A welcome last site of the city

    by mvtouring Written Aug 3, 2004

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    Tangier is a city with many facets. Busy, lively streets with amazing architecture - mosques and nice residences, and empty, dirty, neglected streets out off the beaten paths.

    I was very glad when we were all safely back on the ferry to Spain and we could say goodbye to this city that we did not understand at all.

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