Bab Agnaou, Marrakesh

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    Bab Agnaou - the Kasbah Gate

    by antistar Written Jan 18, 2014

    The entrance to the Kasbah is via Bab Agnou, a twelfth century gate that gave access to the Caliph's residential quarter. The gate comprises of overlapping horseshoe arches carved from local cedar wood, decorated in floral designs at every corner and inscribed with Koranic verses in foliated Kufic letters. It's a fitting gate for someone visiting the Caliph, a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad.

    The Kasbah beyond the gate is home to several of Marrakech's best sights: The Kasbah Mosque, the El Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs.

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    Bab Agnaou - Gate of the Gnaoua

    by suvanki Updated Mar 22, 2009

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    This elaborately carved gateway was erected in the 12th Century by Yacoub El-Mansour.

    Gueliz stone was used in its construction, and was possibly designed to be a decorative rather than defensive entrance into the kasbah. However, there is an old cannon sited outside the gateway. - I'm not sure if this was an original feature!! It appeared to be a popular prop for people being photographed!

    Above the gateway are a few storks nests- the occupants appeared to be oblivious to the busy traffic and bustle below.

    This gateway is very near to the Saadian Tombs, and opposite the Royal Palace.
    A good spot for watching the bustle of traffic around the outer gate, and people watching.

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    Bab Agnaou

    by iwys Updated Jan 30, 2008

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    Bab Agnaou is the most beautiful of the gates in the massive walls that surround the old city of Marrakech. It is best seen just before sunset, when it takes on a lovely pink hue. Along with Koutoubia, it was one of the first two stone structures built in the city.

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    Rue de Bab Agnaou

    by mafi_moya Updated May 20, 2004

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    This is the main shopping street off Djemaa el-Fna, full of cafes, cheap hotels, and guys selling everything from cheap CDs to knocked off watches. I suppose it's a bit like Khao San Road in Bangkok. It's a great people watching place as you sip a coffee and munch on a shwarma kebab. In the early evening though it's a bit like a Paris catwalk - local teenagers strutting about in the latest designer fashions and sunglasses amid the palm trees and shiny paving.

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    by alyf1961 Written Jan 31, 2010

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    One of the finest gates in Marrakech is the Bab Agnaou. Its name derived from a Berber word meaning “hornless black ram”.
    It is carved out of ochre stone.
    It once led to the Almohad palace.


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    Bab Agnaou

    by diageva Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    This is one of the most beaufitul doors of the city wall. Protect by other external one, this beauty the better access to saadian tombs. Style almohade, has a twin at Rabat.

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