About Fes

Fes is a northeastern Moroccan city often referred to as the country’s cultural capital. It is primarily known for its Fes El Bali walled medina, with medieval Marinid architecture, vibrant souks, and an old-world atmosphere. The medina is home to religious schools such as the 14th-century Bou Inania and Al Attarine, both decorated with elaborate cedar carvings and ornate tile work. Donkeys and pedestrians are the main traffic in the car-free medina, which is filled with craft workshops, spice markets, and bathhouses. It’s also the site of the huge 9th-century al-Karaouine Islamic mosque and university, as well as the 11th-century Chouara leather tannery, where animal hides are processed and dyed by hand in a pungent, open-air complex of stone pits. The Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts is located nearby in a restored inn with a panoramic rooftop cafe. To the south are the 15th-century Jewish quarter and a large Jewish cemetery.
Al-Attarine Madrasa

Al-Attarine Madrasa or Medersa al-Attarine is a madrasa near the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque. It was built by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said in 1323-5. The madrasa takes its name from the Souk al-Attarine, the spice, and perfume market. It is considered one of the highest achievements of Marinid architecture due to its rich and harmonious decoration and its efficient use of limited space.
Dar Batha

Dar Batḥa, or Qasr al-Batḥa, is a former royal palace and the palace was commissioned by the Alaouite Sultan Hassan I in the late 19th century and finished under his successor Abdelaziz. It was converted into a museum of historical arts and crafts in 1915 with a large and valuable collection that now comprises over 6,500 objects.
Royal Palace Of Fez

The Dar al-Makhzen or Royal Palace of Fez is the royal palace of the King of Morocco in the city of Fez, Morocco. Its original foundation dates back to the foundation of Fes el-Jdid, the royal citadel of the Marinid dynasty, in 1276 CE. Most of the palace today dates from the Alaouite era. The vast grounds are home to multiple private structures, patios, and gardens, but historically also included administrative offices and government tribunals.
Borj Nord

Borj Nord or Burj al-Shamal, Al-Burj ash-Shamali is a fort in the city of Fez, Morocco. It was first established in 1582 by the Saadi dynasty, modeled after the Portuguese forts in the 16th century. It is among the largest defense structures around the city of Fez and one of the few to incorporate European-style changes in military architecture in the gunpowder age. Today, the fort is open to the public as the Museum of Arms.
Ibn Danan Synagogue

Ibn Danan Synagogue is a synagogue in Fes, Morocco, dating from the 17th century. It was built by Mimoun Ben Sidan, a wealthy merchant from the town of Ait Ishaq. The synagogue is located in the Mellah district within Fes el-Jdid, one of the components of the historic medina of Fes. The synagogue was once only one of several inside the walls of Fes.
Nejjarine Fondouk

Funduq al-Najjarin is a historic funduq in Fes el Bali, the old medina quarter in the city of Fez, Morocco. The funduq is situated in the heart of the medina, at Al-Najjarin Square, which is also notable for the Nejjarine Fountain, an attached saqayya or traditional public fountain. The building was designed for use by the merchants, traders, and visitors to the city of Fez and provided a storage place. It is a prominent example of Moroccan riad architecture.
Bab Makina Plaza

The Dar al-Makina or simply Makina is a former arms factory also called Dar al-Silah in Fez. The arms factory was an early attempt at industrialization in Fez and was part of the sultan's efforts to modernize the Moroccan army to compete with European powers, though they did not have an enormous effect.

Dar al-Makhzen or Sultanate Palace is a historical building and museum in Tangier, Morocco. It was the seat of residence for the Sultans of Morocco when staying in the city. The building is situated in the eastern part of the Kasbah on one of the highest points of the city overlooking the Medina and the Strait of Gibraltar. Currently, it is used by two museums, the Museum of Moroccan Arts and the archaeological Museum of Antiquities.
Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts

Funduq al-Najjarin is a historic funduq in Fes el Bali, the old medina quarter in the city of Fez, Morocco. Displays are presented within an attractive inner courtyard, in rooms through intricately-carved wooden archways, and beneath cedar ceilings. The museum has a rooftop cafe with panoramic views over the medina.
Best Time To Visit Fes

The best time to visit Fes is from March to May and September to October when the weather is pleasant.

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