Meknes, 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 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”)...