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Monday 9 January 2023

HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa Inaugurates Urban Exhibition "Rabat, A Heritage of Humanity"

HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa Inaugurates Urban Exhibition

Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat, inaugurated on Sunday at the Bab El Bahr Square, the urban exhibition "Rabat, a heritage of humanity", in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the inscription of the capital of the Kingdom on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

This exhibition, which proposes to rediscover the registered heritage of Rabat with a different perspective, aims to raise awareness of the city's great history that has been layered in its monuments, its urban planning, its landscape and its tangible and intangible heritage. 

It proposes to revisit this trajectory and heritage through new photographs, the history of places, and the visits of great men and women of history, in order to change the collective perception of places and forge an awareness that encompasses almost two millennia of history. 

The Foundation, whose mission is to make known the cultural heritage of Rabat, has organized this exhibition for the general public to facilitate the understanding of the city’s world heritage and raise awareness of the importance of its preservation.

Particular emphasis is placed on the work of the Moroccan craftsman, custodian of a long tradition of decorative arts that is expressed since the Almohad era until the modern era where a fusion of earlier traditions with the architecture of the twentieth century took place.

On this occasion, the eight components forming the heritage of the city of Rabat registered on the World Heritage List, and highlighted in the context of this urban exhibition, were presented to HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa.

Her Royal Highness the followed explanations of eight experts on each of these components. These are the new city of the twentieth century, the Habous district of Diour Jamaa, the botanical testing garden, the medina of Rabat, the Almohad ramparts and gates, the Hassan mosque and the Mohammed V mausoleum, the Kasbah of the Udayas and the archaeological site of Chellah.

Beyond the exhibition, the Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat offers to continue the visit of the city with podcasts, where well-known voices of public figures and experts of different generations tell about Rabat and its places of memory, its history, its culture, restore their memories, deploying a collective memory never documented. The podcasts are available on the website of the Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat

Afterwards, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa posed for a souvenir photo with the eight experts, before Her Royal Highness received a presentation of the "Qisas Rbati" Foundation Podcast by Jihane Fadili, a high school student and player of the Moroccan women's youth football team that won the African Cup. 

Her Royal Highness then posed for souvenir photos with artists and personalities from the city of Rabat, as well as with all the members of the Pedagogical Committee in charge of the development and follow-up of the educational programs of the Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat.

Her Royal Highness then went to the Rue des Consuls, taking the Rue El Marsa, to visit the Foundouq Ben Aicha and the Rue des Consuls.

On her arrival, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa reviewed a section of auxiliary forces that made the honors, before being greeted by the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, the Wali of the Rabat-Salé-Kenitra region, Mohamed Yacoubi, and the President of the Regional Council, Rachid El Abdi.

Her Royal Highness was also greeted by the President of the Rabat City Council, Asmaa Rhlalou, the President of the Prefectural Council of Rabat, Abdelaziz Derouiche, and the President of the Hassan District Council, Idriss Errazi, before being welcomed by the Foundation's Board members.

MAP -  08 January 2023