Though most commonly known as the final resting place of King Mohamed V, this mausoleum is also the final resting place of his sons, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. It is located in the capital of Rabat, near the famously unfinished Hassan Tower. Even though King Mohamed V — grandfather of Morocco’s current king, Mohamed VI — died in 1961, the mausoleum’s construction wasn’t completed until ten years later, in 1971. It sits on the site of a former mosque, the remnants of which can still be seen today, and part of the mausoleum still serves this purpose. To signify the site’s spiritual significance, a reader of the Koran sometimes sits next to the sarcophagus of Mohamed V, chanting verses from the holy book.
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