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Lawrence of Morocco

Bab Mansour

This great gate is famous worldwide. It is one of the greatest works of Moulay Ismail, and the largest gate in North Africa. It is ranked among the four most beautiful doors in the world. Please don't ask me who made up this list .... I have no idea !!

It apparently bears the name of its Christian architect who converted to Islam, "the Victorious Renegade" known as Mansour Laalej. It was completed in 1732.
The total height of the door is about 16m, the opening of the arch is nearly 8m. The main rectangular room is also of vast proportions. Nowadays the gate is closed off on one side and used as an art gallery or exposition hall. It is at the south end of El hedim square and just opposite our riad.

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