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Meknes was founded in the 9th century by the Meknassa tribe who had fled Kairouan in Tunisia. The Almohades destroyed the city to build a larger and more imposing city, between 1199 and 1213.
After the Almohads the Merinids built some Madrassas like Bou Anania in 1331 as well as also some mosques and Kasbah.
The Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail began the construction of a great palaces, gardens, monumental gates and over 40 kilometers of walls 15 meters height.
He used at least 25,000 European slaves for the construction, kidnapped from European villages by Moroccan pirates. In 1696 the Sultan ordered the demolition of the El Badia Palace in Marrakesh to reuse materials in Meknes. The sultan chose Meknes as capital of his empire in 1672.
Your Accommodation / Airport, Train-Bus Station or wherever you want
15 Minutes Before Departure
After breakfast, Your driver will be there waiting for you at the meeting point, started the journey by driving toward the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis
After arriving in Volubilis, a local guide will take you to visit The Romain site, the well preserved Roman Empire dating back to 225BC – where you will see the most beautiful mosaics in Morocco, dating back to 3rd century BC. After the visit to this unique site, we will visit the sacred town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun
Then we will drive back to Meknes to start exploring the Medina of Meknes. This marvelous city was once the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, thus it is known as the Ismailian capital of Morocco. It is also known as “the walled city”. You will see the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Granary, the Sahrij Souani basin and the famous Gate of Bab Mansour and also the underground Qara Prison and the Dome of the Ambassadeurs. In the afternoon you will have some free time to wander around the square entertained by storytellers, musicians, and snake charmers
After a fantastic day trip to Volubilis and Meknes, You will take the road back to Fez, drop off in your accommodation, end of service.