Art in Morocco: it is possible to enjoy fabulous artistic expressions, from the details and decoration of some buildings to interesting exhibitions in museums of all kinds.
Morocco is an authentic oasis in which you can enjoy the different artistic manifestations of its buildings, among which are the palaces and mosques. But also those that are sheltered in their most important museums. Let’s take a tour of art in Morocco. Can you come with us?
Featured buildings of Morocco
Morocco houses buildings that are authentic works of art, such as the Sidi Bouabid mosque in Tangier. It dates from the year 1917 and is Alawite style. The building stands out especially for its red color and for its minaret, which can be seen practically from all over the city and is adorned with beautiful mosaics.
From Tangier, we go to Marrakech, where the Koutoubia mosque, representative of the Almohad architecture of Morocco, is located. Also in the city, you can visit the Bahia Palace, with intricate mosaics on floors and walls and other decorative motifs of great interest. Or the Saadian Tombs, the mausoleum of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur.
Meanwhile, in Rabat, we should highlight the Hassan II tower, which at first was to be part of the largest mosque in the world in the twelfth century. We must also mention the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, a sober construction that is covered in Italian white marble. Inside, the walls are made of colored tiles.
Other architectural treasures
Another construction that shows the fineness and skill of the art in Morocco is the Mohamed V mosque, in Agadir, with decorative wooden details that do nothing but embellish it. Next, to it, it is necessary to speak of the door of Bab Mansour, in Meknes, made up of mosaics and various marble columns.
Special mention requires the Hassan II Mosque, in Casablanca. since it is the most important in the country, the second largest in the world and the one with the tallest minaret (it measures about two hundred meters). For its construction, completed in 1993, granite, wood, marble, mosaics or plaster were used.
Regarding the palaces, the Royal Palace of Fez stands out, which, due to its size, was built outside the city’s medina. And it occupies an area of no less than eight hectares. Unfortunately, and as with many other constructions in Morocco, tourists cannot access its interior.
Art in Morocco: museums and galleries
A good way to get to know the culture and art of Morocco is by visiting its museums. One of the most outstanding in the country is the Art and Crafts of Wood, located in Fez. It exhibits traditional objects (musical instruments, furniture, tools …) that were hand-carved by the master craftsmen of the city.
In Rabat, we find the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Mohammed VI, which houses a large collection of paintings, both national and international artists. It also highlights the architecture of the building itself, because it is a modern construction that does not renounce Moorish-Arabic inspiration.
Equally recommended is the Orientalist Museum of Marrakech, which offers a broad view of the country’s cultural history through various Orientalist paintings by artists such as Delacroix or Bertuchi. After crossing it you can go out to the terrace of the construction, from which you can admire the city and the Atlas mountains.
As for the galleries, one of the most outstanding in Morocco is the Kasbah Gallery, in Essaouira. This exhibits numerous works of art that will be of great interest to tourists who visit it, ranging from pieces of ceramics and furniture to textiles or contemporary painting by local artists.
As we have just seen, art in Morocco has a great prominence thanks to its majestic constructions and the museums and galleries it houses. Therefore, there is nothing like touring some of its most notable cities, such as Rabat or Fez to prove it.