Fodor's Expert Review Borj Nord
Built in 1582 under the command of Saadian sultan Ahmed el Mansour, this former fortress perched above the city guarded and controlled Fez el-Bali. In 1963, a huge collection of weapons originally housed in the Batha Museum was brought to the historic site, creating the interesting display in what is now the national Museum of Arms. Sabers, swords, shields, and armour from the 19th century showcase the history of how arms played a social role in tribal hierarchy. Of importance is the arsenal of sultans Moulay Ismail and Moulay Mohammed Beh Abdellah—the elaborate Berber guns encrusted in enamel, ivory, silver, and precious gems date back to the 17th century. Walk up to the crenellated rooftop in late afternoon for a beautiful panoramic view of the city.