Fes

Fes

On the surface, Fes seems to embody Morocco's past, with its ninth-century mosques and car-free streets. But behind the shutters, exciting changes are taking place

For more than a decade, Marrakesh has been the Moroccan destination on everyone’s list, with its ever-more-luxurious hotels and attainable whiff of the exotic. Fes, about 240 miles northeast of Marrakesh, was often an afterthought. Those who went there raved about the UNESCO World Heritage medieval medina—still totally inaccessible to cars, still genuinely Moroccan. But with few upscale places to stay, conservative Fez was never more than a quick stopover.

It is an ancient and noble city, established in a.d. 789 by Idriss I,... Show more

Fés the spiritual

On the surface, Fes seems to embody Morocco's past, with its ninth-century mosques and car-free streets. But behind the shutters, exciting changes are taking place
For more than a decade, Marrakesh has been the Moroccan destination on everyone’s list, with its ever-more-luxurious hotels and attainable whiff of the exotic. Fes, about 240 miles northeast of Marrakesh, was often an afterthought. Those who went there raved about the UNESCO World Heritage medieval medina—still totally inaccessible to cars, still genuinely Moroccan. But with few upscale places to stay, conservative Fez was never more than a quick stopover.
It is an ancient and noble city, established in a.d. 789 by Idriss I, an Arab... Show more

Moulay idriss mausoleum

The mausoleum of the founder of the city In Fez, just off the Place Nejjarine, is the Zawiya of Moulay Idriss. In this very ancient mausoleum rests that which is considered the founding father of the city Moulay Idriss II who lived from 793-828.

Medersa attarine

The Merinide Sultan Abou Dazid in the 14th built Medersa Attarine. It is one of the oldest and is no more in use. Medersa were the very first Universities. There were several Medersa in Arab Spain and the model spread to whole Europe and later to the whole world. The oldest European Universities, such as Montpellier, were made closely following the Arab model.

Les tanneries

The tanneries in the medina features leather-making techniques unchanged since the middle Ages. Men walk the narrow paths between huge vats of lye and colourful dyes; water wheels creak as the leather is rinsed, and buildings facing the tannery are covered with pelts hanging to dry. Visit early in the morning before the sun hits the tannery and the stench sets in.

The pottery

Moroccan pottery is the art of making pottery or clay objects, and by extension the trade that has allowed man to create all kinds of household appliances and gadgets throughout history.
Pottery has lost its usefulness, becoming a decorative element and collection and ethnographic interest, in addition to its archaeological value. The ceramic industry, as well as crockery and pottery, covers mosaic, weaving, masonry and unglazed tile manufacturing.
Popularly, pottery is synonymous with ceramics, although it is a finer technique; other terms that are associated with fez pottery are terracotta and porcelain

Quaraouine university oldest mosque & university in the world

A multi-million dollar restoration of the oldest library in the world is almost complete.
A wing of the Qarawiyyin Library, founded in Fez in 859 by Fatima al-Fihri, will open to the public before the end of the year.
The library has been undergoing massive renovations for three years. Engineers and craftsmen examined the building's structural integrity, repaired broken tiles, reinforced carved wooden archways and restored the landmark's fountains.
While the library itself is beautiful, with its arches and courtyards, its most prized relics are all secured within. According to The Guardian, four locks once secured the library’s most coveted ancient works, like a ninth-century Qur’an written... Show more

The ancient medina

Fes el Bali is the oldest walled part of Fes, Morocco. Fes el Bali was founded as the capital of the Idrisid dynasty between 789 and 808 AD. Besides being famous for having the oldest university in the world, the University of Al-Karaouine, Fes el Bali, with a total population of 156,000, is also believed to be the biggest car-free urban area in the world.
UNESCO listed Fes el Bali as a world heritage site in 1981 under the name Medina of Fez. The world heritage site includes Fes el Bali's urban fabric and walls as well as a buffer zone outside of the walls that is intended to preserve the visual integrity of the location.