As all students at Roots Academy know, Rabat is filled with cultural and historical landmarks that are a must-visit for anyone interested in exploring the country’s rich heritage. One of the most impressive structures in the city is the Hassan Tower, a minaret that was never completed, and is a testament to the magnificence of Islamic architecture.
Our students were given the opportunity to visit the Hassan Tower with classmates as part of Roots’ weekly cultural activities. As soon as we arrived, we were struck by the sheer size and grandeur of the tower. It was hard to believe that this magnificent structure had been abandoned in the 12th century after the death of its architect, and remained unfinished ever since.
Roots Academy staff, Mounir and Chaimae, paused before leading us into the complex of the Hassan Tower, explaining the significance of each of the different sections of the site. They taught us some relevant vocabulary, and gave a slow and clear explanation in Darija, making sure we all understood. We then made our way into the complex, stopping at the many pillars that are scattered around the site, before heading to the base of the Hassan Tower itself. The tower was originally intended to be the largest minaret in the world, and even in its unfinished state, it is still an awe-inspiring sight. Students were given free time to ask questions and take photos with each other and as a group.
Which is located across from the tower. This beautiful building, which houses the remains of the king and his two sons, is an impressive work of art in its own right. The intricate mosaics and carvings on the walls were breathtaking, and Mounir explained the importance of its history, as well as giving us some new vocabulary words to use, such as malek (king), and qabr (tomb).
Our trip to the Hassan Tower was an incredible experience. The tower is an impressive testament to the skill and artistry of the Islamic architects who built it, and it is a must-visit for anyone interested in history or culture. The complex itself is a beautiful and peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, and our teachers were able to provide us with a wealth of information about the history and significance of each of the different parts of the site, all while helping us practice our Darija!