Fodor's Expert Review Dar el-Makhzen
Fez's Royal Palace and gardens are strictly closed to the public, but even from the outside they're an impressive sight. From Place des Alaouites, take a close look at the door's giant brass knockers, made by artisans from Fez el-Bali, as well as the imposing brass doors themselves. Inside are various palaces, 200 acres of gardens, and parade grounds, as well as a medersa founded in 1320. One of the palaces inside, Dar el-Qimma, has intricately engraved and painted ceilings. The street running along the palace's southeast side is Rue Bou Khessissat, one side of which is lined with typically ornate residential facades from the Mellah's edge. Security in this area is high and should be respected. Guards watch visitors carefully.