Moroccan Palaces – Historic Architecture

Morocco is a fascinating country with an ancient and colorful history which has left its mark in the form of architectural treasures in many towns and cities. Superb examples of historic architecture can be found in the many palaces scattered throughout Morocco.

Visitors to the Tetouan medina will come across the 17th century Khalifa Palace, which was built during the reign of Moulay Ismael, a member of the Alaouite Dynasty. The Khalifa Palace is designed along the Hispano-Moorish architectural style based on 15th century Moorish buildings in the Iberian Peninsula. The palace was renovated in 1948, serving as the residence of his Majesty’s representative when Morocco was a protectorate, and today it is a popular tourist attraction not to be missed when visiting Tetouan.

The Raissouni Palace in Asilah, on the northwest tip of Morocco, was built by the pirate Pasha Raissouni, serving as a base for pirates in the 19th and 20th century. By definition pirates were outlaws, feared by sailors as they made their way through the open ocean with ships laden with cargo. When visiting the Raissouni Palace it is evident that Pasha Raissouni was a master of his chosen trade.

Morocco certainly has plenty to offer travelers who take time to explore all its historical, cultural and natural treasures. Visiting some of the palaces in Morocco will give visitors a glimpse of the past that will enrich their Moroccan experience.

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