Morocco’s medinas get a facelift

Last phase of restoration gets underway

16 May, 11:36

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, MAY 16 - Morocco's medinas are being given a facelift. Rabat, Marrakech and Fes are involved in a restoration project that is now in its third phase. King Mohammed VI has signed the last procurement contracts extending the work to the historic centre of Casablanca at a cost of approximately 30 million euros. The work has included consolidating buildings that were at risk of collapse, restoring historic neighbourhoods and bringing to light forgotten pathways and streets. In Rabat the restoration intercepted the plan for a renaissance in the city that is set on becoming Morocco's 'Ville lumière', involving valorisation of the ancient city gates, mosques and traditional foundouks (hotels). In Marrakech over 4,000 buildings have been restored and the Jewish quarter of El Mellah has been given an overhaul.

    In addition, tourists can now benefit from information touchscreens along the main visitor routes within the old city walls and the spiritual itineraries have also been restored. Six new carparks, including two underground ones, have also been built at the entrances to the medina.

    In Fes, the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco, the area along the river has been restored as part of a comprehensive facelift involving 2,200 buildings, 39 historic sites, 10 mosques and Koranic schools and 11 sites of interest including the water clock. The ambitious restoration programme has a direct bearing on numerous economic sectors in Morocco including tourism, craftsmanship and transport. (ANSAmed).

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