After having a good overnight’s rest in Rabat, our second day itinerary is heading to the historic city of Meknes. Founded in the 11th century, Meknes is surrounded by high walls with great doors to protect itself against its enemies. It is one of the four imperial cities in Morocco located in northern Morocco about 130 km inland from the capital of Rabat. Meknes was once the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail.
Entering the ‘gated’ city of Meknes.
A Kasbah within the walled city of Meknes.
Bab (door) Mansour, finished in 1732 is the largest and most striking of Meknes’ 27 gates. It’s directly across from Place Hedim, the medina’s main square.
Mosque in the Kasbah.
Place Hedim square in-front of the Kasbah.
To the left of the square, there is a souq selling spices, sweets, souvenirs, etc.
Within the Kasbah, you’ll find the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the ruler who made Meknes the capital of Morocco. Although non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the tombs which hold the body of Moulay Ismail and other relatives, they can view it from the entrance door.
Entrance to the mausoleum.
A highly photographed door within a courtyard towards the mausoleum.
Fountain within the mausoleum.
Our guide, Mr Ahmed in-front of a typical Moroccan designed tiled wall.