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Rabat added to Unesco World Heritage list

Rabat added to Unesco World Heritage list
21 Nov 2012

Rabat, the capital of Morocco, has been confirmed as a Unesco World Heritage site, meaning it is of special cultural or physical significance.

Unesco, a United Nations organisation that promotes international collaboration through education, science and culture, decided to add the Moroccan city to its list of protected locations at a meeting in St Petersburg.

Several features of the destination were identified as contributing factors, including the archaeological site of Chellah, the Almohad gates and wall, the medina and the mausoleum of Mohammed V.

Morocco is now home to nine locations that have received special recognition from Unesco, including the medinas of Marrakech, Fes, Essaouira and Tetouan, the historic city of Meknes and the archaeological site of Volubilis.

The north African country was made more accessible to international travellers with the opening of a new airport terminal in Rabat earlier this year, which enabled the base to accommodate up to 1.5m passengers a year.

Flights to the Rabat are available with carriers such as Air France and KLM.

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