Sights in Fez

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The main sight of Fez is of course the old town. There is not a particular route you need to take, but here are a few highlights you will want to include in your walk through the maze.

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The tanneries

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Souq Dabbaghin is the Tannaries quarter. It is quite easy to miss. Try to go towards the river and to the north form the Kairaouiyyine. There are a few signs. For a small fee you can climb on the rooftops and get a really good look of the work that's done in the tanneries. Shore Griffin: Something not to miss in Fes--Try to access from high up so the small is not too bad. It is a bit overwhelming so make sure you have a batch of mint to hold to your nose--but it is absolutely a must see! :

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Medersa Bou Inania

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The most outstanding example of Merinid architecture. Even if you skip all the other Medersas, this is the one you shouldn't miss. Since it is still in use, you may be asked to leave at prayer time. The Medersa is just behind the Bab Boujeloud and easy to find.

It was built in the 1350ies by the sultan Abou Inan Faris, from whom it received its name. Is is said to be the largest and most important medersa in Fès.
You should make an effort and climb up to the roof, from where you have a beautiful view on Fès.

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openingHours:from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m, in Ramandan the opening hours vary
address:Fès El Bali
accessibility:entrance fee is 10 MAD (about 1 Euro)

Zaouia Moulay Idriss

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Moulay Idriss is the founder of Morocco and of Fes. His Zaouia is considered the holiest building in the holy city of Fes. Although you can't get in, you can walk around. A thing a non-muslim wasn't permitted to do before the Frenc Protectorate. Omar KANE: Shore Griffin: Not being Muslim we were only able to view from behind the lovely brass dividers. Quiet and serene this place is beautiful and peaceful.

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zipcode:y6k 8d1
address:8624 rumble
tel:778 388 3105

Dar El Moqri: Institut de Formation des Métiers Traditionnels du Bâtiment

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Formerly one of the town houses of the vizier family El-Moqri, the Dar El Moqri is now a school for arts and crafts in building trade ("Institut de Formation des Métiers Traditionnels du Bâtiment").

It has a beautifully restored court with orange trees and a fountain. From here you have a pretty view on the houses of Fès. Inside the house you can admire beautiful "zellije" works (hand cut tiles) and a hall with wooden inlays and carvings, serving sometimes as an auditorium.

The Dar El Moqri is located in Fès El Bali, a 10 min walk from the more..

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address:12-14, Rue Oued Souaffine, Fès-Batha

Dar Batha

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Dar Batha museum has a large arts and handicrafts collection. It is open daily, except tuesday. Closed between noon and 2:30. The gardens are a great place to relax. The museum is near the Bab Boujeloud, just outside of the entrance of the old town.

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The Attarin Medersa

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Near the Kairouiyyine. Another fine example of Medersa architecture. Although it is less imposing than the Bou Inania, the views from the roof definately make it worth your while to come and visit.

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Qaraouiyyine

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Very important mosque and university. Non mulsims can't enter, unfortunately. The University was the most important center of learning of the Maghreb for centuries. The mosque was founded in 857 by a woman from Kairouan in Tunisia. If you're not a muslim you can't go in, but you can peek through the open gates. knaperd: It was realy worth visiting this pretty city: frienly people, good food and a hot sun. I'd like to come again. Cheers! hamdouni-alami: just a mosque now.the university has been transferred to the new city more..

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address:Fès El Bali, Adourat El Kairaouyine

Medersa's

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There are several beatiful Medersa's in the old city, examples of Merinid architecture. Gautier: :

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Jardins de Boujeloud

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You can take a pleasant rest in the Jardins de Boujeloud ("Jardins de la Marche Verte") in Fès El Djedid, if you are exhausted from your tour. You can sit in one of the shady little alleys, at the pond or near the little channels that serve as irrigation for the gardens. Uncommon for Morocco is the bamboo grove that covers a corner of the parc.

The Jardins de Boujeloud are situated between Fès El Djedid and Fès El Bali, near the Vieux Méchouar. They are bordered by the Avenue des Francais and the Rue de l'Unesco. It's just within a stone's throw of more..

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Bab Boujeloud and Place Boujeloud

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The Bab Boujeloud is the entrance most tourists take to enter the medina.
Contrary to most sights in Fès El Bali, the Bab Boujeloud was not built in medieval times, but in 1913. On the inside it is decorated in green, the color of Islam. On the outside the prevailing faiences' color is blue, symbol of the city of Fès.

Peeping through the gate also can give you a first orientation, if the medina is new for you. The minaret that you see on the left belongs to the Medersa Bou Inania. The one on the right is the minaret of the mosque Sidi more..

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