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Tangier Morocco, Medina 8 Rue d’ Amerique
  • The precise address is 8 Rue d’ Amerique and if you’d like information on it prior to a visit I suggest you visit its site

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      A terrific site to visit while exploring Tangier Morocco is the Old American Legation Museum. You will find it within a corner section of the Medina and within the south portion.

      The precise address is 8 Rue d’ Amerique and if you’d like information on it prior to a visit I suggest you visit its site: www.legaiton.org. The phone which I took the liberty to locate (for you) is 039 935317. The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

      Herein, you will find exhibits and information from the


      times several nations were ruling authorities within Tangier thus creating an International Zone. During the time period when various national governing authorities prevailed within the city, each of these separate nations provided their own financial institutions, their own coinage and mail service.

      The museum is a cool five-story mansion which at one time was a small building made of stone and given to the United States in the early 19th century by the Sultan.

      Additionally, the Moroccan government was the first country to politically recognize America. This fact is evidenced in a letter within the museum from the United States first ...


      • president George Washington to the Sultan.

        The mansion/museum provides an artsy variety of paintings and prints. The artistic collection of memorabilia is located on the primary floor. The main highlights of the entire exhibition are the prints of James McBeay – a renowned Scottish artist, and Yves Brayer lithographs.

        Next I suggest you venture upstairs where, if you are a map enthusiast such as I you will find a unique collection of cool old maps. There, as well are other items of interest such as a letter where the United States thanked the Sultan for his gift of a lion

        dated 1839.

        One area provides exhibition of Paul Bowles inclusive of the Beat Generation. The United States Beat Writers became associated with the city in the 50s. During this time practically nothing was off limits. Authors who came to know Tangier were Alan Ginsberg and William Burroughs among others.

        Within the area devoted to the Beat Generation there is a room providing visitors with interestingly-telling photos of Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and Noel Coward.

        There is also a terrific research library open each Thursday and Saturday. If you would like to use it at other times, an appointment is required.




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