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Reviewed 1 week ago

This complex from the 1700’s is huge as it stored the King’s granaries and stables. There are two parts to this place. The interior area was to store a lot of grain for the horses and the exterior stables was used to house 12,000 of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sultan Moulay Ismail (Moroccan ruler 1645-1727) transferred the imperial capital to Meknes, where thousands of slaves translated his grand plans into architectural masterpieces. Historians claim his palace at Meknes rivaled that of Versailles. Famed for his love of horses, the Royal Stables of Meknes provided...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Carol A S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the visit here. Despite it being entirely empty, it is still a magnificent structure and I’m sure the 12 thousand horses that stayed there were taken great care of. The stables were very cool too - as in temperatures...

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank knoesenm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went to see the site that could house/old 12,000 horses/men some interesting engineering but not much else not really one of the things we would repeat

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank leo t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place features in most guide books and is quite impressive. However, we felt somewhat ripped off by the (recently increased) entry fee of 70 Dirham. Considering that all there is to see are large, dark and mostly empty spaces and the stables that you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelingknut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The entrance fee is MAD 70 for foreigners which is a crazy price. There is nothing much to see, you can have a glimpse at the ticket counter, not much more inside. Would not recommend to pay for getting in. The outside is more interesting...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gives an idea of opulent scale of what it mans to support thousands of horses. Vast wealth and resources used, shows what was at the ruler's disposal

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Quest312754
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This stables was built by Moulay Ismail for 12,000 horses. The size is so huge and the ceilings so very high. The roof is arched and still in good shape. Built in the 17th century.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nancywD5521YZ
Reviewed 16 October 2018

After visiting the Royal granaries continue on outside to see where the stables used to be. There isn't much left these days but you can get an idea of how vast they once were

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank AdrianT-Perh
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Early Moroccan rulers relied on their soldiers being mobile which in those days meant horses r camels. These stables were built to hold 12,000 horses and the feed they required. An interesting feature if the well and water wheel drawing water for the horses. Whilst...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from Vivien T | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t see any horses.
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Response from queeni_traveler | Reviewed this property |
Well worth seeing it. It was most interesting to see how it was built, the water systems and listen to how they actually lived and protected themselves. It really showed also, how important the horses were. The roof no... More