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Fez



Fez
Introduction

1. Bali

2. Medieval ages

3. Narrow shopping

4. Kairouine mosque

5. Looking in

6. Attarin madrasa

7. Bab Boujeloud

8. The clothes shop

9. Dog's life for a mule

10. Skin funduq

11. Tanners' quarter

12. Merenid tombs

13. Fez el-Jedid

14. The Mellah

15. The Royal Palace

16. Making carpets

17. Making tiles

18. The reel specialist

19. The river of Fez

20. The modern town

21. Middle class summer

Practicalities




















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FEZ
Kairouine mosque

Fez, Morocco


Fez, Morocco


It has its name from the the city Kairouan in Tunisia. Either there was a woman with the origin in Kairouan who established it, or it simply got its name from the quarter where immigrants of this town lived.
Kairouine mosque has been the centre of Islamic learning in Morocco for more than 1000 years, but its real growth to importance came in the 10th and 12th centuries, when most of its structures were added to to the rather modest original structures.
As a mosque it is rather unusual. Its large quarters have since long grown together with the rest of Fez, and unless you enter it, it is therefore almost impossible to get a grip of its real size. Fortunately there are sometimes doors open that allows non-Muslims to look inside, so that they can at least make a guess.
But even if you cannot enter the mosque, at least many of the Islamic schools that lies around it are open to visitors. The most famous of these is the Attarin madrasa.


Fez, Morocco




By Tore Kjeilen