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Top Choice Ruins in Meknès

Heri Es Souani

Nearly 2km southeast of Moulay Ismail's mausoleum, Heri Es Souani, the king's immense granaries and stables, 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 Place 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, zellige (mosaic tilework) and inscriptions across the…
Top Choice Museum in Meknès

Dar Jamaï Museum

Overlooking Place 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 cera…
Top Choice Square in Meknès

Place El Hedim

The heart of the Meknès medina is Place 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 (gate) was erected, the king ordered fo…
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…
Religious in Meknès

Moussem of Sidi Ben Aïssa

One of the largest moussems (a festival that honours a saint) in Morocco takes place on the eve of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday at the Mausoleum of Sidi Ben Aïssa, outside the medina walls, in celebration of the …
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 (religious…
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 …
Moroccan in Meknès

Restaurant Oumnia

Thank goodness for this low-key restaurant, which is one of the only places in Meknès to eschew the standard Moroccan menu in favour of more unusual dishes, and will serve them alongside local beer or Meknès wine sh…