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  • 1. Old Town

    Start at the magnificent Bab Mansour Lâlej and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (under renovation, April 2016), you go then to see the Dar Jamai Museum, a former palace, and continue to the Bab...

  • 2. Old Walled Medina

    I spent a long time discovering the narrow streets and taking pictures everywhere. I liked inside, but it was not so stunning like Fes. I got lost in one occasion and had to ask for the way out to the...

  • 3. City Walls

    The historic city is still surrounded by its large walls, with several doors, each one with its typical architecture and decoration. Traffic flows outside the...

  • 4. Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.

    Except for the new mosque in Casablanca, the Hassan II Mosque - which can be visited on guided tours - there is only one mosque in the whole of Morocco that can...

  • 5. Bab el-Mansour, greatest gate in Morocco.

    Bab el-Mansour, the Victory Gate, (mansour means victory or winner in Arabic) is considered the most beautiful and impressing of all gates there are in Morocco....

  • 6. Place el Hedim.

    Far from being as well known as the large square Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech, the square in Meknès, Place el Hedim, is an impressing open area with lots of...

  • 7. City wall.

    The city walls built to the command of Moulay Ismail, are about 40 km all in all. They encompasses the old town core as well as the royal palace area. There are...

  • 8. Moulay Ismail's stable and granaries.

    Apart from being known as one of the most bloodthirsty and cruel leaders in history, Moulay Ismail is also known to have been a great admirer of everything...

  • 9. Moulay Ismail Mausoleum

    One the most beautiful places in Meknes is this tomb, where the king that built the town and turned it into a imperial city was buried. Until Lisbon's...

  • 10. Bou Inania Medersa

    Bou Inania Medersa was built around 1340-1350.It is a modest an functional building with a single courtyard opening to a narrow prayer hall and surrounded by...

  • 11. Cara - subterranean prison

    Meknes was the imperial capital of Moulay Ismail. He built a large prison under the old city for Christian sailors captured at sea. In the Koubt Essoufara...

  • 12. Tomb of Moulay Ismail

    Moulay Ismail or Sultan Ismail Ibn Sharif was the second ruler of the Alaouite dynasty. He, like his predecesors, claimed to be a descendant of Muhammad and...

  • 13. Art Deco and other things in the Ville Nouvelle

    Don't ignore the Ville Nouvelle, the new city originally planned by the French, as it contains some great Art deco buildings if you're willing to look for them....

  • 14. Agdal Basin

    Next to the Heri es Souani is a large reservoir, the Agdal Basin, now a pleasant park with benches under trees, sculptures and a fountain in the middle. I don't...

  • 15. Heri es Souani

    From the Dar el Kebira quarter, there's a very long road with unbroken walls on either side. On one side you have the Sidi Amar quarter, and on the other, the...

  • 16. Dar el Kebira and Sidi Amar

    Within the walls of the Imperial City are now two residential quarters, neither particularly imperial any more, and in places are really quite rundown. The...

  • 17. Mausoleum Moulay Ismail

    My mum knows I have a thing for all things Middle Eastern/North African, and used to send me greetings cards with market scenes from Egypt, mountains from...

  • 18. Bab Mansour and Bab Djemaa en Nouar

    Across the road from Place el Hedim are the walls of the Imperial City, formerly accessed by two large gates, the most impressive of which is Bab Mansour....

  • 19. Bou Inania Medrese

    The highlight of the medina is definitely the Bou Inania Medrese, dating from the Merenid era (i.e. the 14th century) and very similar to its namesake in Fes,...

  • 20. Dar Jamai

    At the far end of Place el Hedim, head down the steps and instead of following the crowds into the souks, look to your right and you should see a sign for a...

  • 21. Exploring the backstreets of the Medina

    Following your nose through the souks, you'll eventually emerge in a residential area, and instead of retracing your steps, instead take any street, left or...

  • 22. The souks

    The area immediately behind Place el Hedim is full of souks, nearly every street crammed with shops and stalls, some offering souvenirs, but for the most part...

  • 23. Place el Hedim

    A good place to start exploring Meknes is the Place el Hedim, a large open space between the Medina and the Imperial City. During the day, not much happens...

  • 24. A poet or philosopher on every street of Medina

    We loved to walk through the medina of Meknes, more than the souks. We loved to visit the small shops of crafts people, working iron, silver, wood, garments....

  • 25. Place el-Hadim

    This is perhaps the centrepiece of the medina, and the guide book reckons it used to be like the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech. Then the municipality tried to...

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