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Location: Meknes&Rissani, Morocco, and Boston USA
Meknes is an awesome imperial city in Morocco. The medina is surrounded by about 40km of huge defensive "earthen walls with watchtowers" (ancient forts) that were built during the rule of Moulay Ismail (from 1672 to 1727). The city encompasses a wonderful "traditional market" and the old town, "Dar El "Makhzen. Meknes has large walls forming a beautiful corridor that was Moulay Ismail's residence and "Bab El-Mansour gate" - used today as a gallery of arts and handicrafts. There are also fine traditional mosaics and Roman style pillars that were taken from the ruins of Volubilis. As you can visit the wonderful "Bab Bardainne Gate" built by Moulay Ismail in the 17th century. Also, the "Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail" which was built in 1703 by Ahmed Eddahbi worths a visit. Finally, you can visit the marvelous roman buildings' ruins of "Volubilis (Walili)", an archaeological site in Morocco dating back to the third century BC, which is situated near Meknes (half an hour driving from Meknes along the road N13).
Photoes (Click to enlarge)
Inside Moulay Ismail's mausoleum
Volubilis: Roman ruins
Roman Triumph Arch in Walili
Guerrab Status at Sahrij swani