Fez and the Middle Atlas Travel Guide

Fez and the Middle Atlas Sights

Souk el-Henna

  • Derb Fakharine
  • Fez el Bali
  • Market/Bazaar

Published 03/20/2009

Fodor's Review

This little henna market is one of the medina's most picturesque squares, with a massive, gnarled fig tree in the center and rows of spices, hennas, kohls, and aphrodisiacs for sale in the tiny stalls around the edges. The ceramic shops on the way into the henna souk sell a wide variety of typically blue Fassi pottery. At the square's end is a plaque dedicated to the Maristan Sidi Frej, a medical center and psychiatric and teaching hospital built by the Merenid ruler Youssef Ibn Yakoub in 1286. Used as a model for the world's first mental hospital—founded in Valencia, Spain, in 1410—the Maristan operated until 1944.

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Derb Fakharine, Fez, Fès-Boulemane, Morocco

Published 03/20/2009


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