Bab Agnaou © Donarreiskoffer
Bab Agnaou is one of the 19 gates of Marrakech and was built in the 12th century, in the time of the Almohad Dynasty. The function of the gate may have been nationally symbolic: the corner-pieces are decorated with floral decorations, framed by three panels with inscriptions from the Quran. It is the innermost and most ornate of the city's gates and was one of the first stone monuments built in Marrakech. The colour of the stone seems to change drastically depending on the light, weather and time of day, and the bas-relief is sophisticated and still impressive to this day. Bab Agnaou is also a geographically convenient sight for tourists exploring the city as it forms the entrance to the royal kasbah in southern Marrakech. The kasbah, built by the Almohad sultan Yaqub al-Mansour, is home to the El Mansouria Mosque, the El Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs, all magnificent tourist attractions, making this a part of the city that seldom goes unexplored for visitors. Of all Marrakech's gates Bab Agnaou is generally acknowledged as the most picturesque and it is included in almost all the walking and sightseeing tours of the area.
Address: Entrance to the medina (ancient Moorish quarter).