"Fez" Fes al Bali by Waxbag

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There is a city in North Africa where time seems to be suspended, where the gates are a corridor to ancient realm. It is the largest living Islamic medieval city and the biggest car-free urban zone on the planet, It is the spiritual and cultural center of Morocco and home to perhaps the oldest university in the world.

One of the best experiences we had in Fez was our Riad Laaroussa. This is a gorgeous 17th century palace immaculately restored with impeccable service.

Little has changed the footprint of Fez over the past 800 years except electricity and tourists. And perhaps satellite TV whose dishes compete with the minarets and birds for dominance of the city’s skies. The craftsman ship of the city's numerous mosques and madersas is impressive. The intricate zellij tile, stucco work, and ceder carved screens and lintels is remarkable.

9000 streets and alleyways make up the ancient medina whose windy passages lead to a myriad of covered souks, craft workshops, food stalls, and mosques, all coursing with an endless procession of people. Foot is the only way to get around and goods are transported to and from the souks by mule or horse.

See the video documentary of Fez called Fez

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing medieval Arabic city
  • Cons:Intimidating for some, breath taking for most
  • In a nutshell:The most impressive medieval Arabic city on the Earth
  • Intro Written Feb 9, 2010
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    It's so nice to visit a place where time seems to have stood still for decades.....


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