The Opulent Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail in Morocco

The Opulent Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail in Morocco

The Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Meknès, Morocco. Moulay Ismaïl Ibn Sharif, also known as the “Warrior King”, was the ruler of Moroccan Alaouite dynasty. During his reign he built Meknès and made it Morocco’s capital. The 18th century’s Mausoleum is the resting place of the most famous and notorious sultans of the country, including Ibn Sharif.

Today it is believed that coming to the site will bring a divine blessing to the visitor. The building is also a fine example of Islamic architecture and opulent design. Non-Muslims are partly allowed to view the site, but not all of it – however, it is the only one building of the kind in Morocco, which would be open for the tourists at all.

Why to go there?

One of the most highly regarded architectural sites by the Moroccans themselves. Definitely one of the most popular and best attractions in Meknès.

When to go there?

The site is open daily at 9:00-18:00 except Friday.

How to get there?

It is located in the city center, a short walk from the Royal Palace. Get to Meknès by train or bus from various Moroccan cities. The best way to get around is by taxi.

Lead photo by Bjoern Obst


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Mausoleum-Photo by Bruno Barbey

Photo by Bruno Barbey


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Mausoleum-Photo by Johan Gerrits

Photo by Johan Gerrits

Mausoleum-Photo by Darby Sawchuk

Photo by Darby Sawchuk


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