MEKNES AND VOLUBILIS

Meknes is a city in northern Morocco.  It’s known for its imperial past, with remnants including Bab Mansour, a huge gate with arches and mosaic tiling.  The gate leads into the former imperial city.   The Mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail, who made the city his capital in the 17th century, has courtyards and fountains.  (Source: Google).

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The old walled section of the city the northern gate, Bab Mansour

The Medina in Meknes is such a vibrant place full of interesting people then onto the souks selling some amazing spices and all varieties of goods.

Another place you must see when in Meknes is the old prison which is now a UNESCO site.  The prison was built under the old city by Sultan Moulay Ismail to jail the Christian sailors that he captured at sea.   There were an estimated 40,000 slaves held here and there are numerous tunnels leading to Volubulis which is about a 45minute drive from Meknes so you can imagine how long the tunnels are.  Very interesting place.

VOLUBILIS

After leaving Meknes we drove on to the ruins of Volubilis.  Volubilis is a partly excavated Roman city in Morocco and commonly considered as the ancient capital of the Roman-Berber kingdom of Mauretania.   It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997. Wikipedia

We were excited to move onto our next destination Fez.

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