Dar el Makhzen in the Kasbah of Tangier
In the Kasbah in the city of Tangier, you will find the majestic Dar el Makhzen. This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular attractions in Morocco. Sultan Moulay Ismail constructed the Dar el Makhzen in the seventeenth century and it served as his palace. As the palace is located on the highest area in the city, visitors can enjoy spectacular views that even extend out to Spain and the Straits of Gibraltar. But it is not only the views that attract visitors to this site; it is the magnificence and splendor of the Dar el Makhzen.
Even though the palace has now been converted into a museum, the grandeur and luxury that Sultan Moulay Ismail had envisioned and created is still evident. The first feature that visitors will notice is that the palace was constructed around two lavish and elegant inner courtyards. When compared to other palaces that were built for sultans at around the same time period, Dar el Makhzen is considered to be of average size. However, it is every bit as luxurious and stylish as any of its counterparts. The detailed finishes to the wooden ceilings, the breathtaking marble fountains and marble courtyard will astonish visitors.
The apartments of Dar el Makhzen, which were once occupied by the prince, are now home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts. Not only will guests be able to marvel at the exquisite mosaics and sculptured plasterwork, but they can also view lovely works of art that have been collected from across Morocco. There are fascinating firearm exhibits, manuscripts, silks, pottery and even carpets. Bronzes and mosaics that originate from ancient Roman sites within Morocco include Volubilis, Cotta and Lixus.
The history of Tangier is also displayed here, with the funeral room drawing a lot of attention. Here visitors will be able to view a life-size replica of a Carthaginian tomb. A lot of detail has been added to this room, including the tomb of a child and small lead coffins. And if the museum has been an overwhelming cultural experience of beauty and information, visitors can rest for while in the tranquil surroundings of the Andalusian garden.
The Dar el Makhzen in Tangier is truly one of Morocco’s more unique attractions. It combines the beauty of royal architecture with art and fascinating historical displays. A journey through the palace may make you feel as though you are entering a forgotten world or even intruding on history – a visit to Dar el Makhzen is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.
Last updated: January 22, 2020