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Fes sightseeing

Fes sightseeing

Morocco Holidays - Bou Inania Medersa

The wonderfully atmospheric city of Fes (sometimes written Fez) is the oldest of Morocco's Imperial capitals, founded in the early 9th century.  It is considered to be the most complete medieval city in the Arab world.  Walk through the labyrinthine lanes of the old city (Fes el Bali) with its souks, palaces and mosques**, and its famous medersas (Islamic colleges) such as the exquisite Bou Inania and the Attarine medersas.  In the centre of this maze of narrow streets lies the magnificent Karaouine Mosque and medersa, one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in AD857.  Nearby (you will be guided by the incredibly pungent smell!) lie the ancient tanneries (below left).  You will also take a look at the Dar Batha, with its courtyards and peaceful gardens, the Museum of Moroccan Art, and the Nejjarine Fountain, famed for its beautiful mosaic tilework. The day ends with visits to Fes el Djedid ('New Fes', although the newness is relative as the area dates from the 13th century), the Mellah (old Jewish quarter) and finally, moving outside the walls of the city, you will driven up to the Merinid Tombs, from where there is a panoramic view over the whole city.

** Please note that unfortunately if you are not Muslim you are not permitted to enter a mosque in Morocco and must be content with the fleeting views of the interiors that you get from time to time through the entrance gates.