Volubilis Travel Guide

  • Volubilis
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  • Volubilis
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Volubilis Things to Do

  • Mosaics - the house of the Ephebe.

    the House of the Ephebe is the house situated closest to the Arch of Caracalla, on its northern side. Inside this house will you see the mosaic of Bacchus, encountering the sleeping Ariadne. Quite a big part of the mosaic has unfortunately been damaged through the centuries.All in all around 30 mosaics can still be seen on the spots where they were...

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  • Mosaic - The house of the labours of...

    The House of the Labours of Hercules is named for the mosaic depicting the twelve labours that Hercules was forced to carry out as a punishment for having killed his wife and children, driven crazy by his mother Hera. (Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek divine hero Heracles)The labours were:1.Slay the Nemean Lion.2.Slay the nine-headed...

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  • Mosaics - The house of the athlete.

    The "house of the athlete" can be found next to the Forum, on the northern side. This is one of the most well known mosaics but also the most discussed one - how should it be understood? Some say it depicts an athlete, or acrobat, riding a donkey the wrong way, with a goblet in his hand, to insult some special person. Others say the acrobat rides...

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  • The Tingis Gate.

    After emperor Claudius annexed the region of Mauretania in 44, the town grew substantially so he divided it into two parts: one to the west with Tingi (Tanger) as its capital, the other to the east with Caesara (in Algeria) as capital. The street Decumanus Maximus, starting at the Arch of Caracalla, leads through the Tingis Gate and continued...

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  • Decorated pillars.

    The Romans did not just build their towns as strong and easily defended as possible, they also put in a great effort to adorne them. There are lots of different kinds of decorations that can be seen in every Roman town, hewn in the stone - even worse when the stone happened to be of marble.

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  • The Aqueduct.

    The Romans are very well known for their highly developed sewage systems and their baths. They are also well known for constructing the most astonishing aqueducts, leading the water from often very far away. The aqueduct at Volubilis was built between 60 and 70 and lead the water from the hills beyond the Tingis Gate.

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  • The room with the pillars.

    Quite close to the Arch of Caracalla and the North Baths will you find "The room with the pillars", also called "The house of the columns". As mentioned in its name, this room has several columns,standing around an open circular space. Most of the columns are now only half its original height, if even that high. One of them has a fluted pattern.

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  • Bath.

    The Romans are very well known for their highly developed sewage systems and their baths. Several baths have been found within the precincts of Volubilis. This one was called the north bath. It is interesting to see that they had made like small compartments for the visitors to sit in. It all seemed to be hewn out of one block.

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  • The Capitoline Temple.

    The Capitoline Temple stands opposite the Basilica on the other side of the Forum. An inscriptionn tells that was constructed in 218, during the reign of emperor Marcinus. Close to the stairs stands an altar. The temple was of great importance as it was dedicated to three major gods of the Roman mythology - Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.

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  • The Basilica.

    The civil basilica stands on one side of the Forum. It was used for the adminsitration of justice and also for the governance of the town. The construction was completed in 218 during the reign of emperor Marcinus. It is regarded as one of the finest Roman basilicas in Africa.

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  • Olive presses.

    It seems likely that during Roman times Volubilis was an important producer of olive oil. Oil pressing complexes have been found in such quantity that it suggests oil must even have been one of the main riches of the town. No fewer than 58 oil complexes have been found this far the guide said.

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  • The Arch of Caracalla.

    The Arch of Caracalla is of course what catches the eyes, due to its grandness. It was built in 217 to honour emperor Caracalla but he never got to the site to see it because he was murdered before that. Not surprising, since he is remembered as one of the most unpleasant of emperors because of the massacres and persecutions he authorized...

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Volubilis Restaurants

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    The Volubilis Cafe: No choice cafe

    by JamalMorelli Written Oct 7, 2006

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    There is nothing to recommend this place short of the fact you have no choice but to eat here.

    Eat big in Meknes - have a coffee here - wait till you get back to Meknes (or your rented house in Moulay Idriss!) for food

    It provided nice shade. however - and is a fine place just to hang after exploring.

    Favorite Dish: The coffee, coca cola

    Shady, pleasant, buy a book and chill
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    • Archeology
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Volubilis Transportation

  • From Mouly Idess

    If you stay @ Molay Idress you might consider wallking back and forth. It will depend on you, teh weather and time of the year but it is very do able. It is about 4 km each way. Your other option is to charter a Grand Taxi for the bus station it should cost you no more than 30 dh for one way. you can walk once you are done or you can ask the driver...

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  • Taxi

    Volubilis - you can cab it. You hire the grand taxi for the day which you catch at the train station - I paid around 130 DH... You probably won't find too many other people going out so you may have to commandeer the whole thing. As always, lock the price in BEFORE going. Haggle here.(My personal choice for Volubilis transport is renting a car)

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  • Get there from Meknes

    The route involves taxi from Meknes to Moulay Idris (30 mins) to Volubilis (5 mins).The taxi stand in Meknes is in the Ville Nouvelle. Grand taxi which can take up to 6 people charges DH10 each one way. The front of grand taxi sits 2 person. From Moulay Idris, you may have to charter your own taxi for for DH30 to Volubilis as this route only for...

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Volubilis Shopping

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    Cafe Volubilis: Volubilis for the Bookish

    by JamalMorelli Written Oct 7, 2006

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    It is hardly a shop - it's the one stop shop/cafe of Volubilis and it has a number of touristy things to pick up. What I bought were some giant Volubilis photo albums with the history of the Romans in Morocco....

    What to buy: The history books...

    What to pay: Anywhere from 100 DH to 400 DH...

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    • Archeology
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Volubilis Local Customs

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    Moroccan Hospitality

    by ttishbite Written Jan 21, 2005

    While my husband, Nathan, and Tom2 were up on a nearby hill getting some nature shots, Nathan saw a family picking some wild greens.

    The father started speaking to Nathan and told him that they were picking lettuce so they can make a salad.

    The father then suggested that Nathan and Tom2 come to their house to eat their salad. Nathan polited declined, trying to tell him that our group was leaving Morocco the next day and it was impossible. But the man kindly insisted.

    I heard that Moroccans were very friendly and inviting outside the big cities, but we weren't able to get out to countryside. I would have like to join his family for that salad. Maybe next time...

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Volubilis Warnings and Dangers

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    Fake Ticket and Good Ticket

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Money is everything, like you all know. Be sure to check your ticket when you are paying at the counter.

    On this picture, you can see the real ticket (up) and the fake ticket that they charge you .(down).

    Be advised.

    Fake and Good Tickets

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Volubilis Tourist Traps

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    The guides

    by JamalMorelli Updated Oct 7, 2006

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    Assuming you are not a dingbat who needs all his info spoon-fed to him - get all the info on Volubilis you can find online. Print it. Read it before you get there. You're done - you just saved yourself the money you would have wasted on a guide telling you the same thing.

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Volubilis Off The Beaten Path

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    Sunset at Caracalla's Triumphal Arch

    by henri123 Updated Dec 18, 2014

    Following the north part of Volubilis, you will see the very nice walk along the decumanus road from Tangier Gate

    (noth-east) to the Triumphal arch of Caracalla.

    Some parts of this columns have been used in Meknes at the Mansour gate !

    CARACALLA  (roman emperor )
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Volubilis Favorites

  • Mosaics

    Horseman's house... Bacchus discovering Ariane Orphee's house, the largest mosaic of the whole site.Orphee , son of Apollo and Clio was a great musician.Playing the Cythar, charming even wild animals...they became harmless, calm, while listening to his music.

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  • Volubilis. Mosaics

    Volubilis is definitely an ancient Roman city where you should be careful about keeping a good eye with the ground. There are many mosaics here and an impressive quantity of them are in excellent conditions. Practically all that are of much value are fenced in, but not more than what allows them to be easily looked at.Ironically all are fenced in...

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  • Volubilis. The forum

    The forum of Volubilis is typical to the Roman town. But with a population of about 20.000, it still achieved impressive size. The columns still standing here are more than high enough to dwarf most people.

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