The historic city is still surrounded by its large walls

with several doors, each one with its typical architecture and decoration. Traffic flows outside the walls, escaping from the narrow streets inside, and allowing an easy look at great part of the walls.

Meknès is distinctive by the monumental and voluminous aspect of its ramparts reaching 15 metres in height.

t is considered as an exemplary testimony of the fortified towns of the Maghreb. It is a property representing a remarkably complete urban and architectural structure of a North African capital of the 17th century, harmoniously combining Islamic and European conceptual and planning elements. Endowed with a princely urbanism, the Historic City of Meknes also illustrates the specificities of earthen architecture (cobwork) of sub-Saharan towns of the Maghreb.

The name of Meknes goes back to the Meknassa

the great Berber tribe that dominated eastern Morocco to as far as the Tafililet and which produced Moulay ldriss I, founder of the Moroccan state and the ldrissid dynasty in the 8th century AD.

The Medina and the Kasbah are two ensembles fortified by impressive ramparts that ensure protection

They contain all the elements that bear witness to the Outstanding Universal Value (fortifications, urban fabric, earthen architecture, civil, military and cult buildings and gardens). The Medina constitutes a compact and overcrowded ensemble while the Kasbah comprises vast open areas. The imperial city is differentiated from the Medina by its long corridors between high blind walls, the sombre maze of Dar el-Kbira, the wealth of Qsar el-Mhansha, the extensive gardens and the robustness of the towers and bastions

Top Attractions in Meknes

  • Mausoleum of Mouley Ismail
  • Bou Inania Medersa
  • City Walls
  • Cara - subterranean prison
World Heritage Centre

la Capitale impériale

Attachante où il fait bon vivre. Malgré la richesse de son patrimoine historique, elle a conservé la simplicité de ses origines.

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