Tangier in Morocco is known for a colorful past making it an amazing place to visit. Its monuments, including Grand Socco, Dar el Makhzen, Church of St. Andrew, and Tangier Grand Mosque, tell pieces and bits of Tangierís unique history.
More than the wonderful, sculptures and antique architectural designs they present, monuments indicate so much regarding the richness and history of the culture of a certain place. When touring Morocco, be sure to look for a hotel or Apartment Tangier to help you see the marvelous monuments and know the past of the place. Below are a few of the monuments located in Tangier that are worth exploring and will make your stay in Morocco more enriching and remarkable:
Dar el Makhzen
The Dar el Makhzen found in Kasbah is among the most famous monuments and also tourist locations in Tangier, Morocco. It s the top point in the city which overlooks the straits of Gibraltar and Medina. It already stores a great collection of Moroccan art work, like metal work, some pottery, leather work, and emboidery, and even some musical devices and weapons. Within the interior courtyard are 2 architectural structures which show lovely arabesque wood carvings, tile works, and metal works. These apartments are also surrounded by amazingly maintained scenic gardens and fountains. The Dar el Makhzen was initially developed during the seventeenth century by Sultan Moulay Ismail of the Moroccan Alaouite Dynasty who tried to take control of Tangier which was then in the management of the English. It used to be the palace where the touring Sultans reside. The palace was later constructed and made bigger by later sultans.
Tangier Grand Mosque
The Tangier Grand Mosque was erected in 1685 to celebrate the come back of Morocco to the control of motherland and was become bigger by Moulay Sliman in 1815. It is located near the Grand Socco, which is the center of Tangier. The place where it stood was also the place where a Portuguese cathedral and a Roman temple stood many years ago. Right now, the Grand Mosque is among the most visited monuments in Tangier, housing historical manuscripts and various Moroccan art works. It is also famous for its beautiful and elaborate building with tile mosaics and stucco.
The Church of St. Andrew
Otherwise known as Anglican Church of St. Andrew, this notable monument shows religious and colonial historical past in Tangier. In the year 1880, Hassan I of Morocco donated a piece of land to the British community in Tangier to help them make an Anglican Church. With the increasing number of churchgoers, a new church was made on the same location in the year 1894, which then became the Church of St. Andrew that was consecrated in the year 1905. The church was an amazing combination of various complicated architectural styles, including British and Moorish. Its most notable feature is the bell tower which appears to be a minaret. Various famous individuals in Tangier were also buried in the church, including Sir Harry McLean who was a Scottish army as well as instructor of the Moroccan Army; British writer Wlater Harris; and also Emily Keene, a British humanitarian.
The Grand Socco, that means the Big Square, is one of the most remarkable and important monuments in Tangier. It s where Muhammed V delivered his speech favoring the freedom of Morocco on April 9, 1947, thus its official name Place du Grand 9 Avril 1947. The Grand Socco is bigger than the Petit Socco. It used to be a transporation hub and the traditional market, which makes it the center of Tangier. Today, the Grand Socco doesn t only remain as a notable monument in Tangier, but also a lively night marketplace where second hand goods, fruits, and speces are sold by women peasants with wide straw caps in their striped horses.
These memorable monuments, and also the other famous landmarks in Tangier, tell tales of the rich past not only of Tangier, but also of Morocco. Aside from learning about the history of the people, Tangier offers a tourist enticing environment with its beautiful beaches, dramatic sunset, and wonderful people.