Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco, located in northern central Morocco and the sixth largest city by population in the kingdom. Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknes became a capital under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672–1727), the founder of the Alaouite dynasty. Sultan Moulay Ismaïl turned it into an impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls with great doors, where the harmonious blending of the Islamic and European styles of the 17th century Maghreb are still evident today. The urban population is estimated at more than 650,000 with the metropolitan population close to 1,000,000. It is the seat of... Show more

Bab mansour gate

Meknes, garnished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, holds many treasures within its walls.
The first one can be admired even before you enter the imperial city: Bab Mansour. This incredible gate is not only a spectacular example of Almohad architecture but it also holds a unique story behind its construction.
Bab Mansour was actually the last important construction project ordered by Sultan Moulay Ismail. He conceived it not as a defensive stronghold, but as an elaborate homage to himself and to the strong Muslim orthodoxy of his dynasty. The architect behind the great masterpiece was a Christian convert to Islam named Mansour Laalej (whose name translates to “victorious renegade”)... Show more

Moulay ismail stables

Sultan Moulay Ismail was known as one of the more ruthless leaders of Morocco. Slaves created his magnificent visions for the architectural masterpieces that have become popular tourist attractions, and labourers that were often treated inhumanely and suffered under Ismail’s rule. But one of the most impressive memorials to this time has survived in Meknes, namely the Royal Stables.
The Royal Stables in Meknes are an amazing site, as this massive stable yard was constructed to comfortably house no less that 12 000 of the royal horses. Ismail had a great respect and admiration for these gracious animals, even more than he did for his human counterparts. His horses were waited on hand and foot,... Show more

Les greniers de moulay ismail

Moulay Ismaël had granaries built to store grain and foodstuffs. This is one of the most fantastic monuments to visit in Meknes.
The attic has 10 smaller rooms with enormous 4m thick walls that maintain a constant and fresh temperature to better conserve the foodstuffs. There were 12,000 horses inside.
Meknes has the largest stud farm in North Africa with its 200 acres and 450 horses.
Films are shot here including "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Jesus of Nazareth".