Top 5 places to visit in Meknes

Top 5 places to visit in Meknes

Meknes is a city made up of new Ville nouvelle and the ancient districts; these two distinct areas are less than 3 miles apart from each other but different in vibes and especially these top 5 places to visit in Meknes. The medina houses the city’s historic sights and sought-after beautiful romantic flavor, while in the Ville nouvelle you’ll find modern cars, big houses, and branded takeaways.

Meknes can rival the likes of  Fes, Rabat, and Marrakesh, and also attract travelers. But this awesome hilltop city has a lot to offer the curious visitor, from well designed intricate gates to mausoleums and awesome museums. Here is a list of places to visit in Meknes, Morocco.

Volubilis

The old Roman ruins of Volubilis, about 30 kilometers from Meknes, are the primary tourist attraction for Meknes. This is the country’s most famous Roman remnant and for some awesome reason. Found atop a hill, with the countryside rolling out just right below, the fine surviving columns and temple fragments of Volubilis are awe and powerfully atmospheric site. Travel to Meknes and beautifully witness Volubilis. many of the beautiful and intricate floor mosaics in Volubilis’ grand Roman villas have been left in situ, leaving a taste of a perfect wealthy Roman life.

The city had its heyday in AD 24-285 when it was used as the capital for the entire Roman province, and most of the ruins date from this season of prosperity. Of particular interest are the House of Athlete, House of Orpheus, and the House of the Labors of Hercules, with their distinct well-preserved mosaics.

Moulay Idriss

Established in the year AD 788, the sanctified city of Moulay Idriss is named after the country’s most venerated saint and the Prophet Muhammed’s great-great-grandson, who established the first Moroccan state. The region is built upon the rocky spurs of the Khyber and Tazga hill about 29 kilometers from Meknes, with the whole buildings dramatically tumbling down the slopes. For the religious and faithful, this is a beautiful pilgrimage center, and the yearly religious festival in August attracts visitors who pitch their tents around the whole town.

Although non-Muslims cannot intrude into the shrines of the town, you wander up through the medina (old city) to the hillside paths above and get awesome rooftop views of the entire settlement. Moulay Idriss can be visited either on the way to or from Volubilis. Travel to Meknes today and encounter the spectacular.

Bab al-Mansour

Bab al-Mansour is the main gate between old Meknes’ Medina and Imperial City area. It’s has a layout that many experts confirmed as one of North Africa’s finest examples of existing gateways. Completed in the year 1732, it was built by Sultan Moulay Ismail (though actualized after his reign). The new intricate architectural detail on the gateway includes lavish use of carving work and zellige tiling. Though the gate isn’t left open, instead of one enter and exit through the neighboring, through a very small side gate. You will be able to admire the gate’s artistry unheeded by traffic.

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

This beautifully decorated mausoleum is house to the tomb of Sultan Moulay Ismail, who made Meknes his modern capital in the 17th century. Travel to Meknes and witness how the interiors of this mausoleum are truly breathtaking and with their outstanding new restoration, they fully portray the glorious exuberance of Moroccan religious decoration. The main mosque is restricted to non-Muslims, but one can enter the outer parts of the complex structure and enter the tomb hall itself, with its expensive decorated interior. Take your sandals off on entering, put on nice and decent clothing, and don’t forget to tip the guardian.

Meknes Medina

Meknes Medina is a vibrant, bustling area full of twisty lanes and local shopping souks. For avid shoppers, this is some prime hunting ground, with Souk Nejarine offering numerous textile stalls and Souk Sebbat home to a Plethora of traditional Moroccan craft shops, as well as nice clothing and Morocco’s famous beautiful slippers. You should be able to get better prices in this region for handicrafts than in Marrakesh. Why have you not traveled to Meknes? Travel to Meknes today

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