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Information about Fez

Information about Fez

Fez is a historic city, has labyrinths of legends, mosaic of handycraft, indigo sky and pink afternoon , floating in the air, singing notes of Moheic, and will be calling you from one of the 100 mosques of prayer.FEZ MARRUECOS

Not many cities in the world have that medieval character like Fez does. Visiting Fez equals to time travelling, it is opening a door to a story of pass.

Fez is still being one of the imperial cities, being correct the first one. It was founded in IX century and symbol of this capital is the marvelous Real palace, Dar el Makhzen, what has been home from the 14th century for the royal family Alahui, descendant prophets and monarchs of Morocco. The majestic doors of bronce, preciosity of its green and blue tiles, the walls and the filigree of plastering, do not let cold any of the visitants. This makes as dream what we cannot see, imagining luxurious halls, Eden gardens, marmor fountains splashed with petals of roses,wood and mahogany, jewellary of ivory, malachite, gold and precious rocks.

Near to the Palace there is the Jew district, known as Mellah ( this word means salt, what was used as money in history, from that comes the origin of the world salary, probably Jews had the moopoly of this apreciated condiment. Many of the original habitants of this district were Sephardic Jews, whp escaped from Spain because of the expulsion by the catholic kings. That is why they had to organice a diaspora towards Portugal and Morocco, leaving their impression and tradicions for ever to the cities like Fez, Rabat, Tanger, etc.

However, there is an element that defines Fez, that is its Medina, the part that is known as Fez the Bali. World heritage from 1981, it is the biggest medina of the world. There we can find jewellary, arquitectonicas, they could make the Mezquita of the Analuces or the Mezquita Qaraoiyin, from the 9th century. The Medersa, Bou Inania and Attarine are the doors of Bab Boujloud, or the palaces Nejjarine and Seffarine. There is something surprising in the Medina of Fez that is its tireless  exhibition of official diversions, many of them already history in western world. In the medina of Fez we will find blacksmiths, potters, smiths, dyers, tailors, bakers, each one of them in their district and in the define place of medina, that is organized with unions, just like in the medieval times. We cannot forget the typical transport of the medina, the donkeys  carrying the merchandiseentering and leaving the medina with the shout of "Balak", that means take care, that means to us to stay close to the wall for not being ran overed.

The tourists and foreigners are mixed on the streets, palaces and adarves, and do not stop surprising with infinite richness that is fount at every corner of the medina, for the own idiosyncrasy of the friendly people, for the mix of the colors and smells that define Fez as a city of 1001 nights that evokes our memory.

 

What to do

What to see, visit and do while travelling in Fez

Bab Buylud is one of the main accesses to the medina, it has 2 contiguous doors, one of them is from the 12th century and another one the 20th century. The facades are ornamented with tales that are green from inside and blue one on oudside.

The district of Andaluses founded by the Cordovan families that where explused from Spain in 818.

In the district of the leather workers, you could observ one of the most impacted traditions of the zone, where the worker dye their leather every and then hand them over to moroccans, in the inside of the honeycomb yard full of  dye chemicals and cow urine. The smell is horrible but the medieval schene is unforgettable.

Museums

Museums

Madraza Bounania "What is beautiful is not expensive, whatever it is the price. Even are not expensive the things you like, if you finally buy them" with these words, the sultan who built the madrassa between 1350 and 1357, broke without looking invoices to justify the extreme price that was paid for his work. This architectural masterpiece is the last and largest of the meriníes madrassas of Fez, and is one of the few mosques in use allowing access into non-Muslims.

Madraza Attarin Built in 1323. Named after the souk where is the spice, its courtyard surrounded by columns and stucco evokes the era of Moorish Alhambra. This madrasa is illuminated with a magnificent chandelier XIV century bronze age. In the center of the courtyard was a pylon marble where the water flowed.

Mezquita Al Qarawiyin Started in the year 856 by Fatima al Fihriya, thanks to a grant from the Caliph of Córdoba, Adberramán III what purported to be a modest place of worship eventually became one of the largest architectural complexes of Fez. Where is a wonderful library, which came to have a bibliographic collection of over 320,000 volumes in the seventeenth century. Today preserves 30,000 of them, among which there are 10,000 ancient manuscripts. It is one of the three most important Quranic universities of the Islamic world.

El Funduq Inn serving and storage of goods of merchants who came to the city. In it you'll appreciate the work of the looms.

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