Meknes

  • The Moulay Ismaïl Mausoleum is one of the few religious monuments in Morocco to be open to non-Muslims.
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  • Al Mhancha, the royal palace in Meknes, was built at the beginning of the 18th century and is located in the middle of the Ismaili kasbah.
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  • Meknes, one of the biggest cities in Morocco, is a UNESCO-protected site.
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  • Meknes is one of the jewels of Morocco, with many palaces, monuments, gardens and mosques just waiting to be discovered.
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  • Meknes stands on the Saiss plateau and is divided in two by the Boufakrane wadi.
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  • A view of the inside of the palace.
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Amy Adejokun
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It is located 90 miles away from Rabat and 40 miles from Fez. In the imperial city, the Dar el Mara warehouses are reminiscent of Alaouite Sultan Moulay Ismail's taste for excessiveness. The ramparts and monuments were built by an army of slaves. From the terrace, there is a view of Agdal Souani basin. It stretches over 4 hectares. In Moulay Ismail's mausoleum, a courtyard decorated with mosaics and a fountain leads the way to the room embellished with stucco where the Sultan rests. It is open to visitors. Yet, before going to the medina, pay a visit to Bab Mansour, the frieze lined gate in different shades of green inlaid with ceramic stars which shine in the sun rays. Medersa Bou Inania, built in the 14th century, with its courtyard of zelliges, cast plaster and carved wood is a typical example of hispano-moresque art. As you're strolling through the souks, ask for the old kisarias where fabric is sold. Meknes can be visited in one day.

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