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An historic surprise in Tangier Medina..........

The Old American Legation, Tangier, Morocco.....

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Difficult to find but worth a visit, the Legation was the first American Embassy established in an overseas territory in 1777, gifted to the United States by the sultan of the day when he recognised USA as an Independent State. The building is an old palace with three floors of memorabilia, beautifully maintained as a cultural museum and open to the public on an entry ticket of ten dirhams. It's possible to find the Legation from the Medina at Rue Kali Tamsamani, off Rue el Siaghine, in the old Jewish quarter ( Mellah)...but in common with most Mellahs the narrow winding streets are confusing and it's easy to become lost, so a better plan is to approach the site along Rue Portugal where steps lead up to Rue d'Amerique and then directly to the front door of the Legation.......

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On the ground floor is a small reception courtyard where visitors can buy their tickets, there is a kitchen on site but reserved for personnel and guards....

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Throughout the building are many fascinating discoveries, among them some wall-mounted pictures of American writer Paul Bowles who lived many years in Tangier, a period grandfather clock, American millionaire Malcolm Forbes's collection of miniature soldiers depicting the Battle of the Three Kings and Battle of Songal 1590 and an historical visitor information board.......

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A good place to start exploring the Legation is the notice board which is updated regularly........

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Posted by Bennytheball 06:41 Archived in Morocco Tagged museums

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