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Meknes, Morocco: An Imperial City

Meknes, a historic city nestled in the heart of Morocco, resonates with an aura of grandeur and cultural richness. As one of the four imperial cities, Meknes is often overshadowed by its older sisters, Fez and Marrakech. Meknes is a well-deserving of a bit of the limelight from those visiting Morocco. Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravid dynasty, the city of Meknes flourished under its subsequent rulers, most notably Sultan Moulay Isma’il. In the 17th century, the Sultan transformed the city into a majestic imperial city. The ambitious architectural projects of the Sultan, including the construction of grand gates, palaces, and sprawling fortifications, earned Meknes the moniker, “the Versailles of Morocco.” In 1996, Meknes gained UNESCO World Heritage status, yet the numbers of tourists visiting the city has remained relatively low, meaning that the city’s cultural identity has been kept wholly intact, and visitors are unlikely to be hassled by vendors when compared to some of the larger cities.

Guided Tours to Meknes, Morocco

When venturing through the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, make sure to carve out time to explore the hidden treasures of Meknes. This ancient, imperial city is steeping in history and grandeur. It beckons travellers with its captivating historical landmarks and rich cultural tapestry. With our meticulously crafted tours, travellers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Meknes, unlocking its hidden charms and times allure while embarking on their desert adventure.

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What to Expect – Why Visit Meknes?

When visiting Meknes, expect to be transported back in time to an era of imperial grandeur and cultural richness. The city’s imposing gates and fortified walls will greet you upon arrival, hinting at the architectural marvels that lie within. Prepare to wander through the labyrinthine alleys of the medina, where vibrant markets offer a sensory feast of sights, sounds and smells. Visitors will encounter artisans practicing age-old crafts, tantalizing spices piled high, and intricately woven textiles adorning shop fronts. In Meknes, every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered, promising an unforgettable journey through the heart of Morocco’s rich heritage.

Highlights of the Medina

In the medina, you'll discover specialist souks offering crafts and swathes of textiles, along with knock-off trainers, souvenirs, and carpets. At its heart lies the twelfth-century Grand Mosque (closed to non-Muslims), surrounded by secret courtyard teahouses, ornate riads, and the occasional hardworking donkey, adding to the vibrant atmosphere.

If you look up, you'll be able to see recently renovated roofs with carved cedar wood panels, casting dappled shade along some of the covered alleyways.

For more shopping, visit the market between the medina and the old Mellah (the old Jewish quarter, notable for its distinctive architecture). Here, juicy oranges, cartloads of red chillies, dried grains, and stacks of olives sit alongside everyday items like kids’ toys, kitchen appliances, and piles of underwear.

Popular Sites to See in Meknes

Grand Mosque of Meknes

The old city’s most important mosque and one of its oldest, covering about 3,500 square meters and was founded in the 12th century by the Almoravids, although renovated multiple times since then.

Bab Mansour

A monumental masterpiece adorned with intricate tile work and inscriptions from the Quran along the top, named after the architect responsible for its creation. The colossal gate serves as a gateway to the bustling medina, where narrow alleys wind through vibrant markets, offering an array of traditional crafts, spices and textiles.

Frequently asked questions

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The best time to visit Meknes is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant, making it excellent weather for exploring the city’s attractions.

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Meknes stands as a hidden gem, awaiting discovery by those who seek to unravel the layers of its history, immerse themselves in its vibrant culture, and be captivated by timeless charm. Whether strolling through its ancient streets or marvelling at its architectural wonders, Meknes invites travellers to embark on a journey of exploration and enlightenment, leaving an indelible imprint on the soul.

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