Bab Mansour Laleuj, Meknes

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An imposing imperial gateway and a landmark of Meknes, Bab Mansour Laleuj features ornate mosaic patterns, inscriptions, and massive marble columns. The gate often houses artisan exhibits and can be entered via a side gate. Use our Meknes attractions planning app to add Bab Mansour Laleuj and other attractions to your Meknes vacation plans.
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  • The largest and most important gate of the city of Morocco, impressive to see. Don't forget to tour the city, however, to discover yet another majestic entrance to the imperial city.
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  • This area fortified with a lot of life in the square opposite and houses a small exhibition hall is gigantic 16 meters high and with many details of the past lived
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  • The Meknes medina, garnished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, holds many treasures within its walls. The first one can be admired even before you enter the imperial city: Bab Mansour. This incredible gate (bab in Arabic) is not only a spectacular example of Almohad architecture but it also holds a unique story behind its construction. Bab Mansour was actually the last important construction project ordered by Sultan Moulay Ismail. He conceived it not as a defensive stronghold, but as an elaborate homage to himself and to the strong Muslim orthodoxy of his dynasty. The architect behind the great masterpiece was a Christian convert to Islam named Mansour Laalej (whose name translates to “victorious renegade”) who sought to ascend in the sultan’s court. His name also contributed to the name of the gate (mansour means “victorious” in Arabic). Legend has it that when the gate was completed Moulay Ismail inspected it and asked Mansour Laalej if he could do better. El Mansour felt compelled to answer “yes”, but this only angered sultan to the point that he had him executed. As colorful as this local tale may be, historical records show it probably did not occur as the gate was only completed in 1732, after the sultan’s death and under the reign of his son, Moulay Abdallah.
  • Large ex-imperial palace worth a visit
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