Moroccan Architecture

Morocco is one of the countries where traditions are most rooted. A country rich in its history, strong in its culture. A vast country that extends from north to south, Morocco has significant potential to make it a jewel combining traditional architecture and the comfort of its 5-star hotels. This heavenly place offers architects the best conditions to realize their artistic works. Morocco has nothing to envy to the best with its turquoise blue water, the richness of its biographical and ecological heritage.

Morocco is extremely well known for its diverse architecture. It’s an open museum of splendid architecture.

The geographic diversity of Morocco is one of a unique kind. It contributes significantly to the numerous styles and cultures of architecture. Morocco uniquely represents the cultural crossroads of the different arts.

Before we enthusiastically share with you the various styles of architecture in Morocco, it is appropriate to recall the splendor of the architectural works made in Morocco, such as the Grand Theatre of Rabat by the late Zaha Hadid and his agency ZHA (Zaha Hadid Architects), which was also the winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2004 ("Nobel Prize" for architecture).

Ancient architecture: no possible doubt you will genuinely enjoy strolling leisurely through the Roman remains of Volubilis and the sacred city of Moulay Idriss.

The Berber style: You can see these traditional geometric patterns in the Ksour (robust village), kasbah (robust house), and Agadir (sturdy attic) beautifully decorated, which show the magnificence of the Berber style.

Portuguese influence: El Jadida, Essaouira, Asilah, Azemmour, or Safi... the architectural heritage of all these cities is intimately linked to the Lusitanians on Moroccan lands.

Colonial architecture: Site of the oddest city and architectural experimentation of the time, Casablanca, this white city knows how to compete with the Haussmannian complex of Paris.

Contemporary style: When we talk about Morocco, it is not the style that we must necessarily think about. However, contemporary architecture is likely to transform the face of the kingdom in the forthcoming years. The Moroccan Shopping Centre (Casablanca), the National Library (Rabat), and the Moroccan Telecoms Headquarters (Rabat) have already given rise to many discussions.

The Hispano-Moorish tradition: By its geographical and historical proximity to the Muslim Andalusian, Morocco is marked by this jewel of Hispano-Moorish style.

This style is mainly reflected in Medersa Bo Inaniya Fez, Medersa ben Youssef Marrakesh, Bab Mansour el Aleuj, the principal gateway to the medina of Meknes, etc. As can be seen, it is mostly the architecture of Almoravid and Marinids.

The Bahia Palace, in Marrakech, is one of the significant monuments of the country's cultural heritage.

Moroccans value this heritage. Therefore, it is not possible to establish an exhaustive list of constructions of this kind.

The little advice Thrifty Morocco: rent a car to visualize the architectural nuggets in Morocco.