During our recent visit to Morocco, one of the stops my wife and I made was to the ancient ruins at Chellah. Approaching the site is very impressive as we view the fortress walls and the ornate gate. Upon our arrival at the gate Gnawan musicians greeting us at the gate. We then entered a fascinating ancient site; some of the ruins go back further than 25 B.C. Other parts of the ruins date back to the 14th century. While this site is undergoing restoration, it is still a great walking site with great views and a lot of history including the necropolis and Roman ruins.
The sites of the ruins include areas where ceremonial water basins were constructed as well as shrines and a what was a spectacular mausoleum. Of particular note is an ancient mosque which is now the home to storks which have erected huge nests. Indeed, storks can be seen throughout the Chellah ruins along with cats.
A working knowledge of French (or Arabic) would be helpful since all of the directional and information signs are in French an Arabic. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy!
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