Musée la Kasbah des cultures méditerranéennes de Tanger
Tangier, Morocco

Dar a-Makhzen is on the east side of the Cashah. Some historians have maintained that throughout recorded history a fortress has existed on or near the site, certainly since Portuguese rule (1471-1661). An inscription in the interior attributes the current structure to Pasha Ahmed Ben Ali al-Rifi in 1151 AH (1737). The palace complex that includes a treasury, a prison, a mosque, and multiple residential structures. Restorations were carried out in 1889 when Hassan I visited Tangier after making it the diplomatic capital, and the residence of European diplomats. In 1922 the main palace became a museum. a function that continues today. In recent years the complex what again renovated, reopening to the public in 2016.

The main residence consists of 7 rooms and a protico arranged around a central courtyard with zelij flooring and a marble fountain in the center. The columns were produced in Italy. The two main rooms off the courtyard have domed ceilings carved with muqarnas. The walls are decorated with mosaics and carved stucco. The Bit al-Mal, often referred to at the treasury, is a ceremonial hall with large horseshoe doors that open onto the square.  

An adjoining building, Dar Chorfa, currently houses the archeological museum.  


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Place de la Casbah, Tangier, Morocco
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partially restored 1889/1306 AH
2016/1437 AH renovations
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متحف القصبة للثقافات المتوسطية
Math'af al-Qasba
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open/public space