Meknes

Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknes is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. It became the capital of Morocco briefly from 1672-1727, and during this period the Sultan Moulay Ismail created a massive imperial palace complex with extensive fortifications. The most famous attractions in the town are the grandiose Bab el-Mansour gateway, the medina, and the nearby towns of Volubilis and Moulay Idriss. Volubilis is Morocco’s most famous ancient Roman archaelogical site, and Moulay Idriss is named after the country’s most venerated saint and the Prophet Muhammed’s great grandson, who founded the first Moroccan state. Meknes is only a 45 minute train ride away from Fez.


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