The Mausoleum Mohammed V, father of independence

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    Sarah Marry

    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify;”>This could the most prestigious place as the esplanade of the Hassan Mosque, to house the tomb of the most popular of Morocco’s sultans and Kings Mohammed V, father of independence, died in Rabat following a Surgery on February 26, 1961?</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify;”>Nine years were needed to complete the monument designed by a Vietnamese architect original VOTOAN but set in a purer classicism. The elevated égèrement, facing the ocean and the colonnades of the Hassan Tower, the Mohammed V mausoleum is built of white Italian marble and topped by a pyramidal roof covered with green tiles, a symbol of royalty, must-visit location in cheap Morocco Family holidays.</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify;”>Its staircase leads to the burial chamber, large square room under the dome covered with black granite slabs of Norway, surrounded by a gallery where the public can discover the sarcophagus where rests the remains of the late King Mohammed V. The corners of the hall are also the white marble tomb of Prince Moulay Abdellah, one of the sons of Mohammed V, who died on December 20, 1983. Since July 30, 1999, the remains of King Hassan II have joined those of his Younger brother and his father.</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify;”>In the tradition of the royal necropolis, the mausoleum was built using the ancestral techniques of Moroccan artisans: mahogany and cedar domes with gold leaf, calligraphic friezes, polychrome zelliges, and marble columns. Procaine of all ages come here to meditate in perpetual motion, on the tombs of kings and Prince. The choice of this place to receive the tomb of King Mohammed V was not the result of chance.</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify;”>This place is highly symbolic for the Moroccan people. It is indeed here at the Hassan Tower that Mohammed V directed the first prayer on Friday after his return from exile from Madagascar before the declaration of independence (see photos of the ceremony of 18 November 1955 on the site). It bears witness to the deep attachment of King Mohammed V, Fassi of origin, to the city of Rabat and its inhabitants.</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify;”><b><span style=”font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 107%;”>Medina Mellah: </span></b></p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify;”>The Jewish quarter of the Mellah of Rabat is of relatively recent creation, since it was not until 1808, during the reign of Sultan Moulay Slimane that the Jews were forced to live in this area reserved for them, above the cliffs overlooking the Bou Regreg. Previously, they were rather established neighborhood El Beheira, at the top of the Rue des Consuls, where the economic activity of trading was located.</p>
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    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify;”>At that time there were about 6,000 Jews in Rabat, very influential in the trade and administration of the port. The exoduses of the Jews of Rabat were numerous over the centuries. At present, practically no Jew lives in the Mellah of Rabat. The most important exodus from the Jews was the 50s to Israel. At that time, there were more than 350,000 Jews in Morocco.</p>

    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify;”>It was (in particular) because he had opposed the Vichy government, which wanted to reserve for Moroccan Jews the same fate as to French Jews that SM Mohammed V was made Companion of the Liberation by General De Gaulle. Sultan Sidi Mohammed thus perpetuated the tradition that made the Moroccan sovereign, the protector of Moroccan Jewish subjects and they welcome international travelers to come and discover all ancient aspects in Morocco Halal holidays.</p>

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