This impressive mausoleum is located on the esplanade of the Hassan Tower.
In honour of a much loved king
A truly mythical encounter, to enter the Mausoleum of Mohammed V is to walk through Morocco’s key historical moments. King Mohammed V was much loved by his people for rejecting the Nazi extermination ordered by the French Vichy regime, consequently saving some 400,000 Moroccan Jews. He stood up to Paris in the 1940s by defending the independence movements, was later forced into exile, and then returned in 1955 to proclaim Morocco’s independence. The esplanade where he prayed that day is now the site of his mausoleum, as requested by his son, the prince and succeeding king, Hassan II. Of a Hispanic-Moorish architectural style and artisan elaboration, the structure occupies 6,500 square metres. Inside, there lie three members of the royal family, watched over by eight lectors who take turns reading the Koran 24 hours a day. The tomb of Mohammed V is a sarcophagus of white onyx, a jewel of Islamic art, on dark-blue granite reminiscent of the sea.
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