This Blog is also available as an RSS Feed


The Zawiyyas of Morocco

Morocco is a country that is filled with beautiful landscapes and breathtaking historical buildings. Some are symbols of religion, some are reminders to struggles of the past, and others, such as the zawiyyas of Morocco, are memorials to great people who once roamed the town or city and made a significant impact on the community. Zawiyyas can therefore be described as a type of shrine to men and woman who made vital contributions to the community, including healers, warriors and leaders. Non-Muslims are not allowed entry into the zawiyyas of Morocco, but the buildings are breathtaking sights.

Morocco has many zawiyyas scattered over it is vast land, including Sidi Ali, Lalla Miriam, Moulay Bouchta, Moulay Idriss, Moulay Abdullah Bin Hussein, Moulay Yacoub and many more. Some towns or cities have more than one zawiyya, such as Marrakech that has two. Maghrib is home to the oldest zawiyyas that can be found in Morocco, and some times these sights are confused with a Ribat. Even though both a ribat and a zawiyya have their origins in the thirteenth century and they are both constructed with a minaret, it is their functions that set them apart. Zawiyyas can be seen as a form of shelter, as wanderers and homeless people often seek food and a place to sleep at these structures. They are often involved in feeding programs to assist the poor and struggling families. A ribat, on the other hand, is more associated with schooling, military and cultural aspects of its surrounding area.

In some cases, the zawiyyas have been transformed into mosques, making access to these unique buildings a little easier. And in a few rare cases, visitors will find that the zawiyyas have not been built around the tomb or home of a legendary figure. As mentioned, these are extremely rare cases as individual zawiyyas are based on the life and deeds of the figure in the tomb. These sites have also become places of pilgrimage, where believers can find tranquility and peace within the walls of a zawiyya.

Their white chalked walls and similarities in architecture make zawiyyas easily recognizable. As an attraction in Morocco, these buildings draw a lot of attention through the mystery and inaccessibility of the sights. Visitors to this diverse country of culture and color will find the zawiyyas to be historically significant and a rare opportunity to view an attraction in Morocco with so much communal purpose and memorable value.



Combine Flights?

New Business Users, read more and join on the Business Affiliates page.

New Individual Users, join on the Forum Users Registration page.

Latest Travel Articles

Wind-Power as a Renewable Energy Resource in Morocco

With almost 94 percent of its energy requirements being imported, Morocco has for some years now... read more

5 Helpful Tips When Exploring Marrakech

If you’re seeking a unique and intriguing holiday destination that’s free of all subtlety an... read more

Explore the Spectacular Ameln Valley

Travelers who enjoy off-the-beaten-track destinations will find the Ameln Valley in Morocco an a... read more

Solar Energy Production Progresses in Morocco

In support of Morocco's ongoing efforts to develop its renewable energy resources and reduce its... read more

Visiting the 'Gateway to the Sahara'

Located in Guelmim-Es Semara region of southern Morocco, Guelmim is both the region's largest ci... read more

More Articles