Architecture of Morocco - mosques, medinas and more
Morocco‘s unique architectural style has been formed over the centuries by the African tribes who’ve inhabited the country, as well as Arab neighbours and European colonisers. The two strongest influences have been Islamic and Hispano-Moorish – the latter of which has a lot in common with Spanish and Portuguese styles. Often blending seamlessly, the two styles form the architecture of highly detailed mosques and madrasas, which are Quranic schools also known as madrasas.
Many Moroccan buildings were built using the specific decoration guidelines of Islam, such as geometric patterns, Islamic calligraphy and green and white zellij mosaics. You can also expect to see open courtyards and gardens at the centre for privacy and relaxation. Added to this are Hispano-Moorish styles like grand, stepped archways and tiled buildings with large domes. Here are some of the most notable examples of architecture in Morocco.