- Place or Religious Monument
- Castle and fortress
- Place or Historical Monument
In the medina, that is to say the historic part of the city, Meknes is magnificent. The old capital of Morocco, Meknes was run by the Moulay Ismail dynasty in the 17th century.
The city is well-known for its immense gates, called "bab" in Arabic. This gates encircle the fortress, the old medina. I particularly recommend Bab Mansour, it is, still today, very well preserved.
I experienced another beautiful discovery in a Meknes souk. I actually found it more authentic than that in Marrakech or Fes, the city being a bit less touristy than the other two. All the same, you must always pay attention to the merchants, Moroccans are the best vendors and I had the chance to witness this in the course of my travels! Even for a hardened traveller like me, they succeeded in selling me a few things during my trip through Morocco.
Meknes is a real jewel! Inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage site, it is one of four imperial cities of Morocco. Wandering around Meknes is like plunging into a thousand and one nights. Each detail of the minarets, the doors, the windows is a pearl of art and of beauty.
I recommend a visit to the old town and the magnificent Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail with its beautiful painted ceilings. The Medina is a labyrinth of teeming lanes, where it is good to lose yourself for a few hours.
During a stay in Morocco, many travellers overlook Meknes, smaller and less touristy than its neighbour, Fez. It is on the contrary my favourite, because it is on more of a human scale and more authentic.