Fez and the Middle Atlas

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  • 1. Bab Boujeloud

    Fez el Bali | Notable Building

    Built in 1913 by General Hubert Lyautey, Moroccan commander under the French protectorate, this Moorish-style gate is 1,000 years younger than...Read More

  • 2. Bou Inania Medersa

    Fez el Bali | Educational Institution

    From outside Bab Boujeloud you will see this medersa's green-tile tower, generally considered the most beautiful of the Kairaouine University...Read More

  • 3. Terrasse des Tanneurs

    Fez el Bali | Factory

    The medieval tanneries are at once beautiful, for their ancient dyeing vats of reds, yellows, and blues, and unforgettable, for the malodorous...Read More

  • 4. Andalusian Mosque

    Fez el Bali | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This mosque was built in AD 859 by Mariam, sister of Fatima al-Fihri, who had erected the Kairaouine Mosque on the river's other side two years...Read More

  • 5. Attarine Medersa

    Fez el Bali | Educational Institution

    Named for local spice merchants known as attar, the Attarine Medersa (Koranic school of the Spice Sellers) was founded by Merinid Sultan Abou...Read More

  • 6. Aux Merveilles du Tapis

    Fez el Bali | Store/Mall

    Hamid Hakim, proprietor of this carpet shop and brother of a university lecturer in 16th-century English literature, gives an impeccably seasoned...Read More

  • 7. Batha Musuem

    Fez el Bali | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in Dar Batha, a late-19th-century Andalusian palace built by Moulay el Hassan, the museum of Moroccan Arts has one of Morocco's finest...Read More

  • 8. Borj Nord

    Fez el Bali | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1582 under the command of Saadian sultan Ahmed el Mansour, this former fortress perched above the city guarded and controlled Fez el...Read More

  • 9. Cherratine Medersa

    Fez el Bali | Notable Building

    Recent restoration against humidity and other natural aggressions has kept this important historical site intact. Constructed in 1670 by Moulay...Read More

  • 10. Fontaine Nejjarine

    Fez el Bali | Fountain

    This ceramic-tile, cedar-ceiling public fountain is one of the more beautiful and historic of its kind in Fez el-Bali. The first fountain down...Read More

  • 11. Glaoui Palace

    Fez el Bali | Historic Home

    Among the medina's many hidden palaces, the extraordinary Dar al Glaoui is one of its most atmospheric. The Pasha of Marrakesh’s second home...Read More

  • 12. Kairaouine Mosque

    Fez el Bali | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This is considered one of the most important mosques in the Western Muslim world. One look through the main doorway will give you an idea of...Read More

  • 13. Musée Nejjarine des Arts et Métiers du Bois

    Fez el Bali | Museum/Gallery

    The 14th-century Nejjarine fondouk, or Inn of the Carpenters, is now home to a fascinating museum. The three-story patio displays Morocco's...Read More

  • 14. Place Seffarine

    Fez el Bali | Plaza/Square

    This wide, triangular souk of the dinandiers, or coppersmiths, is a welcome open space, a comfortable break from tight crags and corners....Read More

  • 15. Sahrij Medersa

    Fez el Bali | Educational Institution

    Built by the Merenids in the 14th century, one of the medina's finest medersas has been beautifully restored. It's named for the sahrij (pool...Read More

  • 16. Souk el-Henna

    Fez el Bali | Market/Bazaar

    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...Read More

  • 17. Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II

    Fez el Bali | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally built by the Idriss dynasty in the 9th century in honor of the city's founder—just 33 at the time of his death—this zaouia (sanctuary...Read More

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