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The incredible Menara !

Per: Julien ANTINOFF  

PLACES The Menara was built in the 12th century at the time of the Almohades. This beautiful site has many features and is perfect for nature lovers and romantics...

Several legends dating back from a few centuries make up the history of the site. The first is that the basin was used as a swimming pool in the 12th century, so that the Almohad soldiers could learn to swim. They were preparing to join the Al-Andalusian and swim across the Mediterranean! Another legend says that the Sultan Moulay Ismail (17th century) drowned in his conquest. Finally, the Menara was built where the sulatn Abu Bakr Ibn Omar buried his loot in the Islamic crusades, according to other popular legends. 

The garden

The garden of the Menara is lesser known than others such as the Agdal. However, many people still care for the natural beauty of the site, the surrounding olive trees and palm trees. The beauty of the site is quite striking, especially at sunset. In the 19th century, the garden was expanded and a wall was built around an olive grove. 

Entry 20 dhs, open every day from 8.30am to 6 pm

Text Julien Antinoff

Translation Karen Athwal

Photo Dirk Huijssoon, Flickr