Culture Capital of Morocco
In its prime, Fez drew academics and thinkers, mathematicians and lawyers, as well as theologians and astronomers. Their homes and palaces were erected by artisans, mosques and medersas (religious schools) were funded by kings, and traders sold them exotic goods from the sub-Saharan and silk trade routes.
IN MAGICAL FEZ
Some 90,000 people still live in the Fez medina. It can seem like it’s in a state of perpetual pandemonium; some visitors fall instantly in love, and others recoil in horror. But its charms are many. Seemingly blind alleys lead to squares with exquisite fountains and streets bursting with aromatic food stands, rooftops unveil a sea of minarets, and stooped doorways reveal tireless artisans.
There is a unique atmosphere in Fez. This imperial city, with its rich history of multiculturalism, was founded in the year 13 and still has some unanticipated surprises in store for tourists.
FAITH & LEGACY
Although Fez saw a decline in power at the start of the 19th century, it is nevertheless a remarkably self-assured city with a captivating cultural and spiritual heritage.
Even though certain areas of the largest car-free metropolitan area are still in ruins, government attempts to rehabilitate the city are beginning to bear fruit. Donkeys still transport items through the maze of passageways.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE MEDINA
Traverse the renowned Fez Medina's walls, which UNESCO has designated as an exceptional universal value. Take a stroll through the Fez-El-Bali neighborhood's streets.
The simplest entrance to the medina is by the Bab Boujloud. The Festival of World Sacred Music, which takes place in the former imperial capital along with Jazz in Riads, one of the major events on the city's cultural calendar, causes the squares and lanes to come alive with international music in early May.
Make sure to sample the city's culinary thrills, which is regarded as some of the best food in the world, before you depart.
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