Zahrat al Jabal
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... The Roman City was rediscovered and excavated leaving mosaics, public buildings and other historical elements which made it a great place to visit. The stormy weather and lack of visitors only added to the abandoned, ancient, moody feel of the place. After that it was a taxi ride to drop off bags in Meknes so we could explore the Medina, the Palace and the Mausoleum. We also had a chance to try mint tea and camel burgers. The meat of camel is quite common ...
... anywhere in the world.
The Saiss Plain surrounds Fez and provides fertile land on which to grow many fruits and vegetables, but is primarily known for the olives and wine produced here.
Our first stop is the new city, which was built in 14th century. We visit the exterior of the royal residence, as well as the Jewish quarter, and a synagogue that has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. The architecture is amazingly beautiful, and ...
... day was upon us. We were dropped just through one of the few gates into the Medina.
We worked our way deeper into the fractal complexity of repeatedly forking nameless alleys. The riads (a multi-storey house built around a central courtyard) hemmed us in, even from above. They expanded with each additional storey making it impossible to tell where one house began or ended. The lack of a size reference combined with monotonous plain ...
... to imagine the huge plaza full of the mighty feared Black Guard, I wondered whether the entrepreneurial ruler also used his many children for stacking numbers in the service.
THE KOUBBAT AS-SUFARA
Our short afternoon tour of Meknes was confined to exploring the Koubbat as-Sufara, once a reception hall for foreign ambassadors. It also houses a crypt which was once used a storage house for the city's food supplies.
There was not ...
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