Historic Sites in Fes

Historic Sites in Fes, Morocco

Fes Historic Sites

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  • Jeff T
    Doha, Qatar524 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic spot to visit in Fes. The smell is not nearly as bad as before due to the process starting later (the raw hides are stored elsewhere before being brought in). We went during winter so the temperature kept the smell down as well. Watching the work is mesmerizing as you see the process of turning the raw materials into smooth durable leather. The real danger comes after the tour when they try to ell you something. The smell of your money overpowers the leather tanning process! Bargaining is a full contact sport so be aggressive and prepared to walk away if you don't get a price you like. Remember, there is nothing there you have to leave with...
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On my first day in Fes, I used this beautiful gate as my reference point to go back to my riad. There are lots do behind these Gate: eating at restaurants, shopping, buying Moroccan sweets, visiting tourist attractions, watching people passing by, etc.

    Noted that this Gate has 2 colors: Blue on one side, green on the other side. In front of this Gate are the modern parts of Fes.
    Written 11 October 2023
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  • Jo Anne
    Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting mosque with mosaics and coloured stones and designs. Wall after wall of colourful mosaics with beautiful symmetry in architecture and art.
    Written 22 November 2023
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  • Jo Anne
    Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This city has more to explore with dates and spices with aromatic fragrance in the air. Located in the Jewish quarter, narrow streets and many carts selling their wares.
    Written 9 November 2023
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  • BobPraz
    Toronto, Canada231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The palace itself is a fascinating architectural treasure from the late 19th and early 20th century. There are two main courtyards with rooms branching off them, each with sumptuous decoration, some of it in a semi-dilapidated state. This is not an official government-run site, but a private mansion that the owner has opened to visitors. The price is nonetheless constant and the owner doesn't pressure you into anything (unlike some other private sites where the guardian might cite an arbitrary price, or you have to negotiate with a shopkeeper, etc). I think it was 30 dirhams, if I remember correctly.

    Because it's not under government control, it hasn't undergone the extensive (and occasionally heavy-handed) restorations that other historic monuments have. That's a big part of what actually makes this place interesting, not to mention the complete lack of crowds. Myself and my partner enjoyed it the quiet, faded opulence. It's safe, though the building is indeed in urgent need of care. Some areas are showing clear signs of damage, but some rooms still look in great condition.

    There are things that visitors may find troubling or off-putting, and I frankly don't know enough context to judge further. It's well known that the palace is in decay because it's privately owned and restoration would require a lot of time and money. You can see from earlier photos that one of the two beautiful wooden balconies in the second courtyard collapsed in recent years (the wall where it was once attached has since been plastered over), and the other one is now showing cracks too. The only hope for rescue at this point would surely be a government or international intervention. There was also indeed a dog being kept in the fountain inside the first courtyard when we were there, which barked constantly while we were nearby. It was a hot day so it must have been uncomfortable for it. It seemed in good health, so I don't know if it's otherwise mistreated. I suspect the owner keeps it there during visiting hours and perhaps keeps it as a guard dog the rest of the time.

    Optimistically speaking, perhaps the steady trickle of visitors will encourage someone to finally rescue the building. You'll have to decide for yourself though if some of the issues above would put you off from visiting.
    Written 7 July 2023
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  • Chelsea D
    Dallas, TX238 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our local Fes guide, Hassan, drove us up here after a tour of the Royal Palace grounds and old Jewish Quarter on a Wednesday in March 2022. We only walked along the outer area for a panoramic view. There was a man selling fez hats, but we decided to shop for those down in the city.
    Written 20 January 2023
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Borj Sud, or Southern Fort is a late 16th century construction, a short way from the Medina. We walked there and enjoyed it all the way, but were even happier when we got there. The view of the whole surrounding area was fantastic. It's worth your time just for the views and the fact it will help improve your physical fitness!
    Written 3 June 2020
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Talaa Kabira or the Big Slope cuts right through Fez el Bali. It runs parallel to Rue Talaa Saghira. Talaa Kabira starts from The Blue Gate and terminates at the Kairaouine Mosque. This is one of the most colourful and interesting lanes of Fes. Carpet shops, food outlets, spice shops, butcheries with camel heads, bright slippers workshops can be found here. Buildings with classic facades are scattered on this thoroughfare.
    Written 25 November 2020
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  • ksarman
    Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar6,843 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was quiet difficult to reach the entrance due to Indiana Jones making movie but we did it and waouhhh
    Located near by the Royal palace inside the Mellah district I was so happy to discover this place beside I met a knowledge man who teach me a lot
    Written 29 October 2021
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  • bg564
    Windhoek, Namibia888 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our guide gave use the history of the dar al-magana water clock which was very interesting but would have been better if it could have been a whole exhibit. The guide explained to us that at some point they had tried to put brass plates up to demonstrate how it must have looked but he also explained that after the original builders of the clock had finished the work nobody knew how to service it. Amazing that this little bit of history remains of a clock from the 14th century. Right across from the Bou Inania Medresa so this part of the medina is well worth visiting.
    Written 20 March 2022
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bab Guissa is a 12th century gate which was named after the the governor of the city in those days. It was built under the Almohad rule. It is one of the three main gates of the city. It is located in the old Qayrawan section of the city. It leads to the
    Merenid tombs in the North of Fes. It is an arched stone structure. If you look at it from the city side you can see a green tiles overhanging. This was more of a defensive building with angular shape and guard terraces.
    Written 25 November 2020
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bab Ftouh quarter was at one time called the Leper’s Colony. It was thronged with
    thieves, sorcerers, maniacs and dervishes. This area’s cemetery is located on a hill. It is the largest graveyard of Fes. It is famous for several tombs. There is a tomb enclosure of marabouts called el-Kbab or the Domes. The most visited is the white koubba of Sidi Ali Ben Harazem. Sidi was a 12th century mystic. He was the patron of the mentally ill and a teacher in the Quaraouiyine University. He taught the works of Al Ghazali. A colourful moussem of Sidi is held here each spring. The most famous person buried here is the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty, Moulay Rashid. There is a flat open air praying area here called the Msalla of the Pasha. It is a very interesting cemetery.
    Written 2 December 2020
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This gate was built in 1276, under the rule of the Marinid Sultan Abu Yusuf Ya’qub, as a defensive portal for Fes el-Jdid. It’s original name was Bab 'Oyun Sanhaja meaning Gate of the water from Sanhaja. It was renamed later on as Bab Semmarine or the Gate of the Ferriers after the smiths who showed horses, who worked here. The gate leads to Grande Rue meaning Great Street, which used to be the main Souq, going towards the Royal Palace. This area full of residential buildings nowadays, used to full be full of grain silos and warehouses. As the traffic increased the gate was widened by the French. Currently you can see the front face of this gate decorated with multifoil arch and typical Moroccan dark-wa-ktaf motives. It really is a gate worth visiting.
    Written 9 January 2021
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