Kasbah of the Udayas

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Kasbah of the Udayas
Native names
Arabic: قصبة الوداية
French: Kasbah des Oudaias
Palace gate.jpg
Main gate of the Kasbah
LocationRabat, Morocco
Coordinates34°01′54.51″N 6°50′09.95″W / 34.0318083°N 6.8360972°W / 34.0318083; -6.8360972Coordinates: 34°01′54.51″N 6°50′09.95″W / 34.0318083°N 6.8360972°W / 34.0318083; -6.8360972
Built12th century
Architectural style(s)Moroccan Kasbah
Kasbah of the Udayas is located in Morocco
Kasbah of the Udayas
Location of Kasbah of the Udayas in Morocco

The Kasbah of the Udayas is a kasbah in Rabat, Morocco. It is located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river opposite Salé. The Kasbah itself is located adjacent to the Rabat Medina.


The oldest current structure at the site of the Kasbah is a mosque. Dating from the 10th century, it was restored in the 18th century using funds from an English pirate known as Ahmed el Insili. [1] The edifice itself was built in the 12th century during the reign of the Almohad Caliphate (AD 1121-1269). When the Almohads had captured Rabat and destroyed the kasbah of the Almoravid dynasty in the town, they began reconstructing it in AH 544 / AD 1150. The Almohads brought significant changes to the Rabat area, including turning Chellah into a royal necropolis. To the Kasbah, they added a palace and a mosque and named it al-Mahdiyya, after their ancestor al-Mahdi Ibn Tumart. After the death of Yaqub al-Mansur (AH 595 / AD 1199), the kasbah was deserted. Rabat (with the Kasbah included within it) was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on July 20, 2006 in the Cultural category. It was granted World Heritage Status in 2012.[2][3][4][5]

Current Status[edit]

Today, the Kasbah remains a popular free tourist attraction within Rabat, offering scenic views of the Plage de Rabat, the Bou Regreg river, neighboring Salé, and the Atlantic Ocean. At the site of the Kasbah are famous Andalusian gardens, which remain a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. [6] It also is home to a residential neighborhood, known for its distinct blue and white walls.

A site adjacent to the Kasbah is used as one of the concert venues for the annual Mawazine music festival in Rabat. [7]



  1. ^ "Kasbah les Oudaias". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  2. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Centre. "Qasba des Oudaïas - UNESCO World Heritage Centre".
  3. ^ "Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage". UNESCO. 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  4. ^ "Rabat". World Heritage Site. September 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-08-17. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  5. ^ "Rabat Named UNESCO World Heritage Site". Caribbean News Digital. 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  6. ^ "Kasbah les Oudaias". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  7. ^ "برنامج 2018". Mawazine (in Arabic). Retrieved 2019-02-08.