Volubilis was a Roman ruin 32 km from Meknes or 70 km outside of Fez. Records states that it was first established dating from 3rd century BC. Volubilis grew under the Roman rule and its prosperity derived from olive growing, prompted the residents to construct many fine houses with large mosaic floors which the floors still stand today.
The town fell to local tribes around 285 AD and was never retaken by Rome. People continued to live there for more than 1,000 years. Volubilis was first abandoned in the 18th century, when it was demolished in order to provide building materials for the construction of the palaces of Moulay Ismail in Meknes. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.