The four imperial Moroccan cities to visit

The Moroccan country had four different capitals through time. Visiting Morocco! why not take a tour and enjoy the charming cities yourself.  

Fes:  Ancient and Lasting  

Fes city is located in Morocco and one of its oldest imperial cities. Known for its unique history and traditions. The city was established on the banks of Wadi Fes by Idris I and Idris II and then united by the Almoravids in the 11th century.  

We cannot talk about Fes city without mentioning the University of the Quarauiyine, one of the oldest universities in the world. Furthermore, visiting Fes means taking a long walk in the old fez streets called “Fes el-Bali” which contains many traditional craftworks such as metalwork, wooden art and a variation of souvenirs. Fes el-Bali also famous by its ancient and special architecture which is clearly showing on its two main gates, Bab Boujeloud and Bab Mahrouk where you can take some pictures as a great memory.  

In addition,  “fes el-jedid” the place of the royal palace and the Jewish quarter “Mellah” that is locally known as the home of the Jewish in old times before they immigrated to Israel as well as the modern side of the city “Ville Nouvelle” built by the French during the Protectorate, where you can take a meal or shop at the mall. 

Meknes: The Roman atmosphere  

Meknes is the city of the” Ismaile”a Sultan who made Meknes an outstanding city in Spanish-Moorish style. The city took its name from a Berber tribe called Miknasa, it was also founded by Almoravids in the 11th century. 

There are numerous places you can visit in Meknes. “Volubilis” the temple fragments of the Roman Empire topping a hill giving you the most breathtaking the view of the city you could ever see. Next, “Bab al-Mansour” a gateway which was built by Sultan Moulay Ismail designed by an amazing carving work and zellige tiling. The “Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail” the home of the tomb of Sultan Moulay Ismail.  

Rabat: the capital and the historical city 

Rabat is the capital city of Morocco located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river “Bou Regreg”. Otherwise, Rabat is the official home of the king and his family. 

Rabat city listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The list of sites that worth visiting is endless, but the most interesting places are:  

“Oudaias Kasbah” is a fortress walls contains small neighborhoods were made based on the Andalusian style and has the perfect view over the Atlantic Ocean. 

“Hassan tower” a 45-meter tower an incomplete monument was built by Sultan Yacoub al-Mansour and the “Mausoleum of Mohamed V” the tomb chamber of the king Mohamed V wealthy by its traditional decoration and Moroccan design. 

Marrakesh: the red city 

Marrakesh the red city, the nickname came from the buildings and ramparts of beaten clay exist in the medina. Although Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in Morocco. 

The main memorable place that every visitor first go to is “ Jamaa el Fna” a lively square filled with dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and many more. 

The second place is the “Koutoubia Mosque” the symbol of Marrakesh near to “Jamaa el Fna” not very high but it is the largest mosque in the city. In addition, “Maison de Photographie” which has a collection of 8000 photos that covers the unique period from 1870-1950. 

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