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Fes

Founded in 789, after the Moors arrived in Spain and in North Africa, Fes became the religious and cultural epicenter of Morocco. It is home to the oldest university in the world. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981, the city consists of three well defined zones: Fes el-Bali, the heart of the medina; Fes el-Jedid, the site of the Royal Palace and the mellah (Jewish quarter); and the Ville Nouvelle, the modern district developed under the French Protectorate.

The pictures below show a bird's-eye view of the historic medina. Easily distinguishable on the photos are the ramparts that surround the tight and compact city; less visible are the many minarets and the numerous parabolic antennae (satellite dishes).

In the coming days I'll be posting photos of our visit to the medina. We spent an entire day with a wonderful local guide who gave us an exiting tour of this amazing labyrinthine city.


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Comments (10)

WOnderful photos. :)

Eden:

Wow, beautiful photographs.

Barb Cabot:

Looks lovely and exotic. I bet there are great variations of light and color on these buildings.

Maria,
These are beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!
Intersting that Fes is the home of the oldest university.

Beautiful photos! I don't think I have heard of Fes before. Am looking forward to learning more about this area.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, Fes sounds very interesting with its' different zones. I also enjoyed looking at your wonderful photos of the city views and the surrounding ramparts. I'm looking forward to reading more on this city.

It looks like such an exotic and very cool place! I think you were smart to get a local guide...I get the impression that it's even more of a labyrinth than Venice is! Can't wait to read more about your visit...

sandrac:

Fascinating -- I've always wanted to visit Fes (which I wrongly thought was spelled Fez!) It looks so beautiful, your photos are great!

I'm looking forward to seeing your photos from the medina.

BTW, I posted two responses to your comments on my blog about the lovely and talented Luigi Lo Cascio. If you didn't see them, I wanted to thank you for the suggestions and say I've put several on my Ziplist and should be soon receiving "Buongiorno, Notte" (which I think is the Aldo Moro film.)

Amy:

Looking forward to more Fes photos!

Anne:

Wow Maria, those are spectacular photos!! Fes sounds really interesting, I can't wait to read more about it!

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