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Historical Meknes

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A September 2012 trip to Meknes by Koentje3000

Bab el-Mansour Photo, Meknes, Morocco More Photos
Quote: Little visited Meknes is one of the most interesting cities in Morocco, with a long history dating back to Roman times.

Moulay Idriss Town

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Moulay Idriss Photo, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
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One of the holiest sites In Morocco is definitely the small town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, only 12.000 persons large, on the foot of the around 1100m (3500ft) high Zerhoun mountain. The town is named after Moulay Idriss I, a direct descendant from the Prophet Muhammad. He fled to this region from present-day Syria when the Abbasid dynasty took power there in the 8th century. He founded this town as well as Fes and made much progress in Islamizing the local berber tribes, a process that started hesitantly a century earlier with Andalusian attempts. Idriss I made this town the capital of his empire, which was due to its military victories bigger than present-day Morocco. He beautified the town with buil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2013

Dar el Ma

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Attraction | "The ancient storehouse and stables"

Dar el Ma Photo, Meknes, Morocco
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From the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the road continues around 1 km east between the walls of the Royal palace and the walls of Dar Kebira quarter to a square with the blue-tiled royal palace entrance gates. The royal palace grounds can normally not be visited but one area that is used as the 9 hole Meknes Royal Golf course. A few 100 metres south of the gates are some of Ismail’s greatest realizations. The first one you will notice is the Agdal water reservoir, an artificial 150x300m rectangular lake fed by underground canals, which still is in use nowadays to supply the Meknassi people with fresh water. Just next to the reservoir are the cru...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2013

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

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Attraction | "Beautiful Mausoleum to of Morocco's greatest leaders"

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail Photo, Meknes, Morocco
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Moulay (Prince) Ismail ibn Sharif ibn Al-Nasr was one of the greatest rulers of Morocco. Although Meknes is much older, it was this sultan who put it on the map as the capital of his country. He made several additons to the city, mainly the still present city walls and several of its gates, but also mosques, palaces and a freshwater reservoir. Around 1600AD the Saadi dynasty ruled over Morocco. When the last great Saadi sultan Ahmad al-Mansour died in 1603, a civil war waged between several parties, not in the least between his 2 sons but also involving warlords and even Spain and Portugal interference. Territories shifted sides continuously and small republics gained control but could suddenly disapp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2013

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

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Meknes Overview

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Bab el-Mansour Photo, Meknes, Morocco
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Mix the grandeur of an ancient imperial city with the hustle and bustle of a sleepy provincial town and combine with a hilly region to make most history buffs jealous. This is the recipe for Meknes. Despite its central location, strategically between Fes (70km) and Rabat (150km), the place is missed by most coastal day-trippers or by the one-week bottom-priced "tour Morocco" bus trips organized by several European and other tour operators that tend to bring you from one carpet shop to the next silver works. Only the Roman-era Volubilis nearby gets a fair share of them. If you do make it here, try to at least stay one night as the city gets something magical in the night lights.Just like m...Read More

Meknes Medina

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Attraction | "The medieval medina of Meknes"

Meknes Medina Photo, Meknes, Morocco
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Probably the most interesting part of the city is the age-old medina. It’s right here that the town of Meknes was founded by the Berber tribe of the Miknasa in the 9th century. Some of its buildings still date from these times. The medina is smaller than its counterparts in Marrakesh and Fes, but this also means it is more hassle-free. Walking is the only way to get to all small streets in the medina, preferably starting on Place El-Hedim. Right on the square is the magnificent 18th century town gate of Bab El-Mansour, forming a piece of the city walls that are still visible in parts of the old town. On the north of the square is the interesting Dar Jamai museum, not only for its great display of trad...Read More

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Meknes Medina

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