Meknes: Iron and Empire

Trip Start May 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 24, 2008

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

We woke up and left Fes early in order to drive to Meknes, another imperial capital (this time in the 1600s and 1700s).  Our stop here was rather short, only a layover in between Fes and Rabat.  It was a smaller but nice city, with another famous gate, Bab Mansour El Aleuj, which was once the entryway to the city.  The city is especially neat because it still has walls around the old town, with multiple gates and arched entryways.
Our first stop was te Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.  We went into the entryway, but were not allowed inside the mosque itself.  Afterwards, we stopped at a really neat shop where they etch silver and gold onto iron.  They had all sorts of things - from animal figurines to plates in iron and they get a tiny piece of silver and hammer it against the iron so traces of it will come off - it was really neat - they had a ton of designs, so I bought a plate and an ornament.
On our way out of Meknes, we stopped at another mirador overlooking the city.
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