Changed Prefix Numbers in Morocco
At the end of March 2006 the prefix numbers of some Moroccan towns have changed.
For Meknès you now have to dial 035 instead of 055.
You can look up the new numbers on those sites (in French):
Views from Medersa Bou Inania
There are good views over the medina, particularly of the Great Mosque, from the roof of Medersa Bou Inania. The Meknes medina is huge and can seem confusing and endless at street level. From the rooftop you get a good idea of its size and of the layout of some of the principle buildings
The Medina I, alleys and Markets
Meknas is the name of the original Berber tribe that used live in this area. The Mekanssa tribe dominated eastern Morocco during the times of Moulay Idress. This tribe played a major role in M Idess success. The original city was established in the 11 th century by Yusuf Ben Tashafin, the same person who built Marrakesh,
The Medina is on the UNISCO World Heritage sites since 1996. The city was included on the list because it captured and preserved a picture of life and architecture of human life during the 17th century. At that time Meknes was the capital of Morocco during the reign of Mouly Ismail; the founder of the current Alwaite Dynasty.
It is always a pleasure when you walk in an old madina. The narrow streets, the closed markets are very fascinating. There is plenty of shops in various markets located in the city beyond the Grand Mosque that you can buy gift and stuff.
MEKNES, A IMPERIAL CITY
"our first step in morocco"
well, i was not going to build a special page for meknes, thinking that many vters had done it before with lots of tips and photos ... but iwas really amazed, when i discovered that there was scarcely a small bunch of tips about this place. probaly lacks the seduction of marrakesh, the peace of zagora or the charm of essaouira, but this city is really worth a visit and a small comment about it.
i stayed in a camping, and it was not toobad, taking into account the things i had heard about these places in morocco. i remember it very quiet, but the workers told us that it has nothing to do with july-august, when it is completely crowded. we were in the second fortnight of september and we were just a few tents. that was fine, we could hv a light dinner and some stories , sitting in the grass and under the stars, with no much noise around. i would recommend you not to have lunch or dinner in the camping restaurant, it took hours to have a simplke roasted chicked with fries and cokes, so if u want to visit the city dont waste too much time in this palce, and have anything in the city.
one of the things than called more my attention was the beauty of the young women there (nothing similar in other cities in my opinion), and their western clothes. they looked like the ones from any euopean country)
(to be continued ...)