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Location DB > Morocco > Rabat > Rabat > Chellah Ruins
Chellah Ruins
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created by plexiglas on 3/20/2010 1:22 AM
last modified by plexiglas on 3/20/2010 1:54 AM
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The area around the ruins has been converted into a large garden that hides most of the obvious clues of the area’s past.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
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Rabat, Rabat
Owner: City of Rabat
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    Closed: 1154
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    Chellah, Chella or Sala Colonia is a necropolis and complex of ancient and medieval ruins that lie on the outskirts of Rabat, Morocco’s Ville Nouvelle.

    Chellah is the site of the ruins of the Roman town known as Sala Colonia and referred to as Sala by Ptolemy. Extant are ruined Roman architectural elements including a Decumanus Maximus, as well as those of a forum and a triumphal arch.

    The site was abandoned in 1154 CE in favor of nearby Salé. The Almohad dynasty used the ghost town as a necropolis. It was an ancient cemetery for royalty, and later on, sultans added their own touch to the outer walls and inner sanctum, which overall, is still in great shape after nearly 800 years. Such additions were generally made to honor the dead.

    In the mid-14th century, a Merinid sultan, Abu l-Hasan, built several monuments and the main gate (dated to 1339). These later Merinid additions included a mosque, a zawiya, and royal tombs, including that of Abu l-Hasan.

    Many of the structures in Chellah were damaged by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.
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    The ruins will be kept open as a tourist attraction

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    After the boat trip to Marruecos, early December 2009
    Sat, Mar 20th, 2010
    posted by plexiglas
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 3/21/2010 7:18 PM.

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  • on Mar 21 10 at 19:18, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Mar 20 10 at 2:18, plexiglas made this location available
  • on Mar 20 10 at 2:18, plexiglas updated the main picture
  • on Mar 20 10 at 2:12, plexiglas updated gallery After the boat trip to Marruecos, early December 2009
  • on Mar 20 10 at 2:11, plexiglas added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Mar 20 10 at 2:07, plexiglas added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Mar 20 10 at 1:59, plexiglas created a new gallery
  • on Mar 20 10 at 1:54, plexiglas changed the following: History, Description, Web Links
  • on Mar 20 10 at 1:35, plexiglas changed the following: Notes for Mods, Owner, Type, City, Province / State (please use full name), Country, Latitude, Longitude, Prefer Satellite, Publically Viewable, History, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description, Web Links
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