10 Things to See and Do in Fes
10 Things to See and Do in Fes:
The ancient history of Fes makes it one the most interesting and desirable worldwide destinations. The old culture, the rich history, traditions, monument, and spectacular gastronomy would certainly make you fall in love with the authentic city. Here are the 10 best things to see and do in Fez.
Visit Dar Batha:
Dar Batha is the perfect example of the most spectacular Moroccan architecture. The Dar Batha was before a royal palace in Fes that turned to a marvelous Museum in the 1910s. The old Museum houses an excellent collection of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts. Historical and artistic artifacts include fine woodcarving, zellige (mosaic tilework) and tadelakt (sculpted plaster).
The Old Medina:
The Medieval walled city of Fes is a wonderful historical maze that makes go back in history as you wander through the narrow alleyways lined with small traditional shops selling the most fascinating Moroccan treasures, captivating handicrafts.
The spectacular architectural details will certainly make breathless as you walk along the walls of this ancient treasure tucked away in the old town of Fez.
The oldest tannery in the world, where real leather is being naturally shaped and colored, you would be also to the way the leader is being made by professional Fes natives. The smell of the tannery can get rather intense, so you need a scarf to cover your nose or some mint leaves .
Dar el Makhzen:
Dar El Makhzen or Palais Royal is the Fes magnificent Royal Palace and huge Moroccan traditionally built mansion. you cannot enter to the palace, but you still can admire its gigantic doors made of brass and gold, surrounded by zellij blue tile work and carved cedar wood.
The first Moroccan Jewish quarter, where you may feel the rich history hidden in every single corner. You would get also to discover the mesmerizing Jewish-style architecture, such in the Ibn Danan synagogue located in the heart of the Mellah. The buildings in the Mellah are unique and beautifully exposed with decorated balconies and fascinating windows, which makes a total contrast of the houses in the old Medina.
The quarter also has a large central square with all sorts of entertainment.
Medersa Bou Inania
The ancient ruins of the Merenid Dynasty Royals, on a hill above and north the old Medina. The tombs are dramatic in their advanced state of ruin, yet you would be able to see the beauty and authenticity of the architecture. The ruins also offer the most fabulous view over the old Medina.
Al Quaraouiyine Mosque:
The world’s oldest university founded in 859 AD. The university holds the oldest books and religious books. The ancient mosque features beautiful Andalusian ornamental details including carved stucco wood,, blue and white tiles, and exquisite marble fountains.
The north defensive tower of Fes, and a part of the walled fortifications that
surround the city. The tower also holds a fascinating weapon museum, whose extensive collection provides an insight into Morocco’s military history.
You would be also introduced to the most impressive artifacts such as Arab daggers adorned with precious stones and jewels.
Jnane Sbil Gardens:
outside the medina walls, Jnane Sbil are the oldest and most beautiful gardens of Fes city The gardens are a green heaven of charm and tranquility,
is fragrant with the scent of eucalyptus and citrus trees, and slender palms provide shade on hot days.
The gardens have also fascinating lakes and marvelous centered grand fountains, reflecting the spectacular beauty of the captivating gardens.
Al Attarine Madrasa:
One of the oldest and the finest theological colleges in Fes. the Merenid sultan Bou Inan in the 14th built Madrasa . The Madrasa (Quranic School) is the most vivid example of the splendid Marinid architecture because of its giant decorated doors, blue and green Moroccan tiles and fabulous centered fountain.
A visit to the Medrasa would also provide you with a clear image on the classical way of Islamic teaching.