- On 4 November 2016
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What To Do in Fes ?
Fes, the Moroccan cultural and historical capital. It is the spiritual, greatest and ancient among Moroccan cities. Fes monuments is the best thing which are known in the city, as Mosques, Medersas, Tanneries and many incredible places. Here is a virtual tour through Fes city concluded in 10 top places.
- Fes the old Medina
Fes EL-Bali or Fes the old medina, is the oldest, inveterate and the extraordinary city in Morocco. Fes el Bali was firstlyoriginated as the capital of the Idrisid dynasty between 789 and 808 AD. As well being known by Al-Qarawiyyin the oldest university in the world. Fes Medina is also the largest one in the world, where you can find many different Souks (markets) buying Moroccan shoes, clothes, delicious street food and pottery; all these things make you feel like you are in a huge Museum.
- AL-Quarawiyyin Mosque & University
AL-Qarawiyyinis Established12 centuries ago by a pioneering woman “Fatima El fihriya”, Morocco’s University of al-Qarawiyyin library is home to unique Islamic manuscripts precious by historians.
Its beauty is lie in calligraphic designs on the walls ,wooden carvings on the ceilings, ceramic patterns on the floors and, the fingerprint of almost every ruling empire since the 9th century which can be seen in the architecture of the university.
Fes tanneries are collectedfrom numerous stone vessels filled with a vast range of colors and many liquids spread out like a plate of watercolors. Dozens of men are standing in the middle deeply in dyes working under the hot sun in summers and in cold in winters. Also, the tanneries processes the skin of cows, sheep, goats and camels, producing them into great quality leather products,like, coats, shoes, bags and slippers. This is all completedby hand, without the need of the modern machines, since medieval times, which makes these tanneries absolutely absorbing and deserved to be visited.
- The old Medersas
Established by Abu Said in 1325 in the core of the old medina, the Attarine was designedlike wing to the nearby Qarawiyyin. The central yard displays the traditional shapes of Merenid artisanship, with glorious Zellij (tilework), cedar wood,carved plaster and Onyx columns. Somewhatslighter than the MedersaBouInania, it has been caringly restored.
This madrasa is one of the some religious places in Morocco that is accessible for non-Muslim visitors. Contrasting the Madrasa BouInania is the Dar al-Magana, a barrier with a hydraulic clock that was founded in concurrence to the madrasa.
- Mellah (Jewish quarter).
The meaning of Mellah is “salt spring” or “salt marsh” and it was the spacewhere Jewish had settled in Fez. It was seen as anhonor and a defense against the Arabs’ attacks in the county, but with the rising of the population, it became a humble and miserable place.However,with the colonization and the arrival of the Europeans between 19th and 20th century, the Mellah opened and gave new economical and social opportunities to the Moroccan Jews.
- Mount Zalagh
Zalagh in the northeast, from the high slops directly to the east, from the first hills of the Middle Atlas to the south, and from MoulayIdrissZerhoune away from the west near Meknes. The Medina keeps a superior and specialmagnificence with most of its walls still standing, settled as it is among the rolling slopes of Saiss, with the sharphills and rocky head of Mount Zalagh, almost blush with the Medina’s northern boundary.
- Merenid Tombs
Everybody loves mysterious places, and that is exactly what you will get when you visit the perplexingwrecks of the Merenid Tombs. Situated on a mount just above the dashing, there is very little that is really known about these graves.All of this mysterious places and the picturesqueamazing views and mountains only tempts us even more, and the tombs are one of the most visited places in Fez. The fact that they were established in the 14th century.
- Borj Nord Arms Museum
The Borj-Nord Museum in Moroccois hard to miss since it is housed in a 16th century fortress that towers above the city, its absolute walls clearly observable over quite a distance. It is where you can find weapons from virtually every age and corner of the country. The castle was once a northern tower that formed part of the walled ramparts that surrounded Fez many years ago. It was built in 1582 at the command of Saadian Sultan Ahmed El Mansour Eddahbi as part of efforts to ensure that Fez was adequately protected.
- Boujloud Garden (JnanSbil)
This park with all the meanings of the historical heritagewith seven huge doors of iron, are personified in itsglorydesign encompass fountains, basins and tables. As well as,squares and rectangles of grassland, flowers and many kinds of solid trees, it is estimated those interested in number about 1000 species, which areexceptional.
10-Visit a Hamam
Moroccan hammam (bathhouse) is an amazing and enjoyable experience and a good way to connect with Moroccans. So Moroccan visitors shouldn’t miss out on a cleansing and cultural experience. Hammamprotocol is not a must, but it is traditional way of Moroccan bathing.