Meknes: Attractions and more...
Meknes is an imperial city. The splendour of the city begins with its entrance, the grandiose Bab Mansour, the palace gates.
On the inside of these gates is the Medina (Place Hedim). It is a labyrinth of narrow streets, underpasses and gates. The Souk here has a large variety of handicrafts on display. A must buy are the popular Moroccan shoes, bilgha.
Outside the gates is the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss. With tiled courtyards and fountains, the tomb is one of the most beautiful monuments in Morocco.
The ancient granaries and vaults of Heri es-Souani still maintain some of their lost magnificence, as does the Agdal Basin, an artificial basin built near the palace.
Visit the Dar Jamai Museum and enjoy its elaborate collection of Moroccan art and craft.
The Ville Nouvelle, or new quarters has dozens of restaurants and cafes and pubs lining the main road, Rue Antsirape.
The Hamadish and Isawiyya Brotherhood considers Meknes to be sacred and hold celebrations here. The most important of these occurs in the month of Mulud in honor of Shaykh al-Kamil.
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