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Chellah

Rabat, Morocco
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Rabat
Type: Cemeteries, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

After walking around the city went to Chellah and did not found worthy. The gardens were nothing special (Went in March but still looked like no flowers or colors). The ruins are scarce and without a proper story behind becomes boring. The area is good but needs to be better managed. Beside the walls which you can see it form... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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235 reviews 235 reviews
98 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I have been avoiding coming to this place for years. A Necropolis? A pool of eels? Who wants to see that? Boy was I a fool! The garden spaces and relics from antiquity (as well as the more recent past) are stunning. You can imagine, from the lookouts, the Bou Regeg valley being full of water before the river was... More

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Alice Springs, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

As you walk through the front gates you are place in the beautiful gardens and ruins. The site is easy to navigate and everything was covered in an hour. My highlight was the garens at the bottom which nobody walks around. The ruins are well preserved and an adventure to walk around. The mineret is intact and very scenic from... More

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Naples, Italy
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The site is located a little bit far from the city of Rabat (the best way to reach it is to catch a blue taxi) but definetly worth it. It's well managed and very interesting to discover. It's wired and funny to stroll between muslims graves into romanian buldings. At the starting of the path there are some guys who... More

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United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I liked the front gates, the ruins and the storks who were nesting and flying around on the ruins and in the nearby trees. The ruins of the bathhouse were interesting as well. I took quite a few pictures and videos that turned out quite nice from there.

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Portland, Oregon
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136 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

In ruins now but some has been restored. It's a pleasant walk around and when you get down to the far end there are storks nesting about 30 feet above your head. There's a guy who collects donations to feed the stray cats of which there are many. If you want to get married, throw some coins in the algae... More

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England, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the historical site and ruins. It has a beautiful garden and madrassa. Do bring along water and snacks as there is nothing to buy here. Entrance fee is minimal at 10dh for adults and 3dh for under 12s.

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Hong Kong, China
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67 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Like other places in Rabat, there is no English descriptions here. If you know French, this should be an interesting historical site; otherwise it is just a ruin. The entrance fee is 10 dhs.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My family and I went to Chellah ruins at around noon (in the month of May) so the sun was at full strength and it was fairly hot. All of us, including three children in their teens, agreed that it was an average visit, by no means outstanding. As other people have pointed out, there are quite a few nests... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Visited in the morning while it was cooler. Pretty gardens, really interesting ruins. Would recommend hiring a guide unless you bring your guide books with you. Kids loved the storks (at the top of the ruins) and the many kittens that followed us around. Pool with eels was a winner!

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