Kasbah of the Udayas

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Coordinates: 34°01′54.51″N 6°50′09.95″W / 34.0318083°N 6.8360972°W / 34.0318083; -6.8360972

Main gate of the Kasbah
River Bou Regreg and the Kasbah

The Kasbah of the Udayas is a kasbah in Rabat, Morocco, located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river opposite Salé. It was built during the reign of the Almohads (AD 1121-1269). When the Almohads had captured Rabat and destroyed the kasbah of the Almoravids in the town, they began reconstructing it in AH 544 / AD 1150. 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.

Reign of the Almohads[edit]

The Almohads brought significant changes to the Rabat area, including the destruction and rebuilding of the Kasbah of the Udayas and turning Chellah into a royal necropolis.

World heritage status[edit]

Rabat 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.[1][2][3][4]



  1. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Centre. "Qasba des Oudaïas - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". 
  2. ^ "Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage". UNESCO. 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Rabat". World Heritage Site. September 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Rabat Named UNESCO World Heritage Site". Caribbean News Digital. 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2013-10-06.