A visit to the city of Rabat is incomplete without a visit to Hassan Tower. Built by the Almohads, the Hassan Tower or Tour Hassan is the minaret of a mosque that was never completed. Known to be most prestigious historical monument in Morocco, Hassan...more
A visit to the city of Rabat is incomplete without a visit to Hassan Tower. Built by the Almohads, the Hassan Tower or Tour Hassan is the minaret of a mosque that was never completed. Known to be most prestigious historical monument in Morocco, Hassan Tower is also a UNESCO World Heritage. Begun in the late 12th century by ruler Yacoub al-Mansour of the Almohad Dynasty, construction was abandoned upon his death. Yaqub al-Mansour designed the minaret to become 80 metres, and it was intended to be the largest minaret in the world, however the minaret was around 45 metres high when he died and is the same size today. The mosque to be built on this site was also intended to be the second largest mosque in the Islamic world in the 12th century. Today, visitors will come across several columns surrounding the Hassan Tower, showing what the layout of the mosque would’ve been like if it was built. Stunning and intricate motifs cover the tower's façade, and inside visitors will find six levels, each of which has a solitary room connected by ramps which would have allowed the muezzin to ascend the tower on horseback to issue the call to prayer.
Sunrise to sunset
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The tower’s different façades
Even though Hassan Tower is located on a site that would’ve been a mosque, Muslim tourists will not be able to locate prayer facilities here. They will however be able to find plenty of mosques in the city of Rabat, such as Bader Mosque, Grande Mosque, Mosquée Moulay Mekki, Ahl Fas Mosque and Mosque El Qoubba.
While visitors will not be able to find any food outlets within the complex, they will be able to find many in the surrounding areas. Finding Halal restaurants in Rabat will not be a problem as it is a Muslim city. Muslims visiting Hassan Tower can therefore ask to be guided to the best restaurant nearby when required.