Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Meknès

Heri es-Souani

Nearly 2km southeast of Moulay Ismail's mausoleum, the king's immense granaries and stables, Heri es-Souani, were ingeniously designed. Tiny ceiling windows, massive walls and a system of underfloor water channels k…
Top Choice Gate in Meknès

Bab el-Mansour

The focus of Pl el-Hedim is the huge gate of Bab el-Mansour, the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. The gate is well preserved with lavish (if faded) zellij and inscriptions across the top. It was completed…
Top Choice Museum in Meknès

Dar Jamaï Museum

Overlooking Pl el-Hedim is Dar Jamaï, a palace built in 1882 by the powerful Jamaï family, two of whom were viziers to Sultan Moulay al-Hassan I. Since 1920 the palace has housed a fine museum of traditional ceramic…
Top Choice Square in Meknès

Place el-Hedim

The heart of the Meknès medina is Pl el-Hedim, the large square facing Bab el-Mansour. Before Moulay Ismail swept through town a kasbah stood on this spot, but once the bab was erected the king ordered for it to be …
Palace in Meknès

Palais Al-Mansour

Little visited but rather glorious in its semi-state of repair, Palais Al-Mansour is an all-but-forgotten relic of Moulay Ismail's reign, in a quiet suburb of Meknès. The 17th-century palace was once the king's summ…
Mausoleum in Meknès

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

A visit to the final resting place of the sultan who made Meknès his capital in the 17th century should be a rite of passage for those travelling through town. Moulay Ismail’s stature as one of Morocco’s greatest ru…
Monument in Meknès

Koubbat as-Sufara’

The Koubbat as-Sufara’ was once the reception hall for foreign ambassadors and it's here that Unesco chose to place its World Heritage inscription when the city was designated in 1996. In front of the building is a …
Islamic Site in Meknès

Medersa Bou Inania

Opposite the Grande Mosquée, the Medersa Bou Inania is typical of the exquisite interior design that distinguishes Merenid monuments. It was completed in 1358 by Bou Inan, after whom a more lavish medersa in Fez is …
Square in Meknès

Place Lalla Aouda

South of Bab el-Mansour lies the mechouar (parade ground), now known as Pl Lalla Aouda, where Moulay Ismail inspected his famed Black Guard. After bringing 16,000 slaves from sub-Saharan Africa, Moulay Ismail guaran…
Gardens in Meknès

Lahboul Gardens

These gardens overlooking the medina have seen better days, but are still a tranquil place to stroll if you need to switch off from the souq biz of old Meknès. The gardens are split into two areas and the gate linki…