Volubilis Travel Guide

  • Volubilis
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  • Volubilis
    by EviP
  • Volubilis
    by EviP

Volubilis Things to Do

  • Walk at Volubilis

    Judicial basilica used as municipal concil and court house.This is the largest monument of the city.

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  • Lapidarium

    The treasures from Volubilis are kept in the archeological museum in Rabat.The whole site has been well marked...some times ago, ..but most of the explanations have been removed !Nobody is taking care of this incredible roman city.

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  • Volubilis

    Volubilis was the Roman Empires' most remote base, the end of the imperial road....Roman emperors dreamed of penetrating the Atlas but the Berber tribes were never effectively subdued.Direct Roman rule lasted a little more than two centuries.After the Romans, Volubilis had a gradual change. Latin was still spoken in the 17th century by locals...

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  • Volubilis

    Did you know that because Volubilis was so far away from Rome its citizens didn't have to pay taxes! No wonder they could construct such wonderful buildings.The structures were badly damaged in the Lisbon earthquake in 1755 and in later times the marble was used in the construction of nearby towns.

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  • The mosaics of Volubilis

    The mosaics of Volubilis are arguably the best preserved of any Roman site.They decorated the floors of rooms according to the use of the room - Aphrodite taking a bath was in the bathroom!The seasons mosaic was in a banqueting hall - one of the figures was Bacchus the God of wine.The mosaics are best seen wet when all the dust has been removed.

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  • Oualili or Volubilis

    The name is Volubilis is Latin version of the name Oualili which is the name of Oleander flower. In arabic it is known as Daflah. This flower is still found abundantly in the area. The current site was very significant from a stratigic military point of view because it is located on a hill near Mt Zerhoun. The city is also flanked by 2 rivers,...

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  • General tips about the site

    This site is open daily from 8-darkness. If you arrive by a car there is a guarded parking spot. The cost of admission is 10 dh only. If you do use a guide make sure that they are licensed and legitimate. A guide will cost you 120 dh. If you don't, it is going to be slightly difficult to make sence of the sight. Before you get to volubilis try and...

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  • labours of hercules House

    This house is located on the main street. However the entrance is on the sideway. It has this name because the mosiac that show the 12 tasks of Hercules. beside the mosiac there are pillaers in the houseThe tasks are: Slay the Nemean Lion and bring back its hide. Slay the Lernaean Hydra. Capture the Ceryneian Hind. Capture the Erymanthian Boar....

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  • Olive Presses

    There are 58 oil-pressing places in town. Each one has the following: a mill for crushing the olives, a press composed of a counterweight, a cross bar, a pulley for the upright supports of the cross bar and a basin. These structures are found within a clearly defined working space.The process is similar to elsewhere around the Mediterranean. The...

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  • The Orphius House

    This house is on your way to the Basilicus. Look at the ruins on yuur left hand before you get to the captial and you'll see it. In Greek mythology Orpheus was the great musician and poet, his songs could charm wild beasts and can even move rocks and trees.If you have time to see one house, this is the one to see. This house had its own Olive press...

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  • Walls, Gaits and the main street

    The main street is called Decumanus Maximus. It extends from Tangier gate all the way to the west gait. This street passes beneath the triumphal arch. It used to be flanked by shops and houses along its course along with an aqeduct. The city walls were built during the reign of Marcus Aurelius in 168. At that time the city had 8 gates. The walls...

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  • Acqueduct and Fountain

    The aqueduct was built at 60 AD and was constantly renovated and restored throughout its history. It would get it water supply from a water tank near the Tangier Gate. This aqueduct will supply all the houses and Bathes before it ends up at the public fountain. There please notice the impression that was made in the fountain wall so people can wash...

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Volubilis Restaurants

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    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
    • Budget Travel

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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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    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
    • Museum Visits
    • Arts and Culture

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Volubilis Local Customs

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    • Architecture
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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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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