, population 787,745 (1994
), is the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco
. The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean
at the mouth of the Bou Regreg estuary. Unfortunately, silting problems have diminished the city's role as a port, but it maintains an important textile
There have been settlements on the site since ancient times. It became a Muslim fortress circa 700. Prior to Moroccan independence in 1956, Rabat was capital of the French protectorate of Morocco.
Muhammad V University is located in the city.