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Interesting old prison.

It's all underground, so it's more of a dungeon. Very large, lighted rooms under an open plaza... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2019
Bellingham, Washington
Gloom in a giant room...but with nice high ceilings

With over a hundred TripAdvisor reviews of Prison de Kara, the place must have made an impression... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2018
burt s
Lynchburg, Virginia
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Reviewed yesterday

It may be a historical place but we didn't know anything about the prison when we went in and didn't know very much when we came out. No information or exhibits inside. If you educate yourself on the significant of the prison before touring it...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really overpriced. No signage or explanation. No atmosphere as its all been cleaned up. Would make a good arts space

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Selb1
Reviewed 6 February 2019 via mobile

60 mad for a dungeon without anything else is too much. At least there should have been some signs or something.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank NicoB517
Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

Just take my advice and skip it! Nothing to see but an underground space with high ceilings. Wish I had read about this before so we hadn’t wasted time!

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank LauraGrace1126
Reviewed 9 January 2019

It's all underground, so it's more of a dungeon. Very large, lighted rooms under an open plaza. Built in the 18th century, it is a labyrinth of rooms and passages that once held the sultan's prisoners.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank uncle_albert5
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

For the end of 2018 we (Dutch family of 4, kids 14 and 18) chose to visit Morocco. Fly to Fez and hire a car to drive our way via Meknes and Ouzoud to Marrakech. On our first random walk through the city, we came...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BVvdB
Reviewed 4 January 2019

The ticket is 60 Dihram for foreigners now. Not 10. If you know the history it is worth the visit. Otherwise it is just another place to rip off the tourist. I am hugely disappointed with how greedy the staff here become. What a Shame...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 21 December 2018 via mobile

Just like with the staples, not much to see and horrendously expensive. 50 MAD for non Moroccans, compared to 10 MAD for locals. Appart from the discrimination, we go in without tickets, and saw loads of locals even not paying at all.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brussels_Judging
Reviewed 6 December 2018

With over a hundred TripAdvisor reviews of Prison de Kara, the place must have made an impression on tourists and others. It did for my family (my wife and grown daughter): a gigantic walled-in room and yet underground, like the very opposite of a palatial...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank burt s
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

There really was not much to see. An empty dark underground place with no information boards or anything for tourists. The ticket was expensive.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Lu Z
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