About 1hour of road West
of Fes, located an other Imperial city of Morocco called Meknes, it is a good thousand years old.The first settled here were
the Berber tribe in the 10th century.but was only around the 17th century that Meknes start gaining some more respect as an
Imperial city when the Alawite dynasty here established the country’s capital under the power of Moulay Ismail. In 1755
Lisbon’s huge earthquake gave Meknesa strong shake and many of its monuments were for ever lost.
About 30 Km from Meknes
is the site of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco.The UNESCO hiretage of Volubilis was setteld by Traders
arround the 3rd century and stands for one of the Roman Empire's most remote outposts.Quickly the Roman Empire gained its
deserved fame for the 20,000 habitant’s commercial outpos..Volubilis was neglected around 280AD but its population of
Greeks, Berbers, and Syrians continued to speak Latin even after the arrival of Islam. Volubilis was inhabited until the end
of the 18th century when the catastrophic earthquake of Lisbon (Portugal) destroyed the town and its marble was taken for
the building of Palaces in Meknes.
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