The Oudaïa gate dates back to the Almohad period, and was erected in the same period as the Hassan tower (around 1200).
It is believed that the purpose of this gate, was ceremonical. Its style is one of great simplicity and effective contrasts. The gate expands through three levels, before the circular shape is broken, and the squareness of the gate takes control. It is generally belived that that shapes of this, and other, gates is there to take control over your eyes and your total experience, but there is little of symbolical value to find here.
This gate was more than just a huge door, it also has served in the function of official building. It has been both a courthouse and staterooms.
As you enter the gate, you will find yourself in one of Rabat's most picturesque quarters.
Overlooking Rabat from the Oudaïa gate