Imperial City of Morocco
Meknes is somewhat overshadowed and gets less visitors than it should because it is quieter and smaller than its extravagant neighbor Fez. The city is more relaxed and hassle-free, but it still has all the twisting, narrow lanes in the medina and impressive structures that are fitting for an imperial city that was once the seat of the Moroccan sultanate.
The mastermind behind Meknes' heyday, Sultan Moulay Ismail, might feel a little miffed at the city's present modesty, but tourists will find a lot to be charmed by. It is evident how significant this city once was from the remnants of no less than three sets of fortifications that have been cleverly interwoven into the city's route systems.
Unquestionably, Meknes' Medina and the royal palace's remnants have earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The entrance to the medina is Bab Mansour, one of the greatest examples of Hispano-Moorish art, which is located on El Hedime square. Visit Sultan Moulay Ismail's granaries and stables as soon as possible.
CULTURE & FAITH
At the center of what is left of the original imperial city is the king's mausoleum, which is flanked by a massive royal granary, the majestic Bab El Mansour, which even Fez cannot match, and Place El Hedim, a local copy of Marrakech's well-known square Djemaa El Fna.
ROMAN RUINS AND BERBER UPRISING
In the North of Meknes, stands the largest Roman archaeological site in Morocco, which is Volubilis.
Triumphal arch, capitol, house of Bacchus, everything bears witness to the splendour of the city and to its economic and political weight. Being an imperial and eternal citiy, Meknes offers you the experience of a timeless stay full of heritage discovery.
Even more lovely than its royal city are Meknes' environs. Streams run through the hills and irrigate the area as they pass by the "Saiss" plains.
Many spas have been developed near this geographic diversity; you can discover spring water there that has both therapeutic and aesthetic benefits. You can have a hot bath and a swim in the special waters of this soothing location in Moulay Yacoub.
The fact that people swarm to "Moulay Yacoub" and "Ain Salama" as warming locations is not by accident. You may witness traditional and contemporary furnishings, spa resorts, and the beautiful surroundings on its ancient street. Go around "Moulay Yacoub's" streets to find the best Moroccan mementos.
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