THE STREET OF CONSULS
About THE STREET OF CONSULS
The street of Consuls is the artisanal souk of the city of Rabat and overlooks the Kasbah of the Oudayas. Although not having the opulence and size of that of Marrakech or the shops and art galleries of the medina of Essaouira, the souk of Rabat nevertheless remains a very pleasant walk in the capital. The “Rue des Consuls” is the main street, and extends for more than a kilometer. It was renovated a few years ago, sheltered and decorated in a traditional way. It is now clean, clear, spaced and much less frequented than the winding alleys of Marrakech: you do not risk losing yourself! The Medina of Rabat was founded in the 17th century by the Moriscos, when the Andalusians were driven out of Spain by Philip III. It takes its name from the fact that foreign diplomats were required to reside there. The reason for this is that the captives of the pirates and corsairs of Salé were resold near Souk El Ghazal. According to a treaty signed with the Sultan, diplomats had the right to redeem these captives and were therefore kept close to the "negotiating zone". Louis Chénier, father of the poet André Chénier was there for some years representing the King of France. He negotiated with such virtuosity the redemption of the French captives that it would have provoked the ire of the Sultan, who would then have demanded his dismissal to France! All Moroccan handicrafts are available in Rue des Consuls. You will find carpets, pottery, wooden or stone objects from all over Morocco, but also many jewelers whose specialty is silver. Search a little and you will discover some beautiful pieces unique and / or old. Obviously, do not hesitate to haggle.
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