Bookmark and Share

Meknes



Meknes
Introduction

1. Imperial city

2. Bab el-Mansour

3. Koubba el-Khayatine

4. Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

5. Dar el-Makhzen

6. Heri es-Souani

7. Details

8. Agdal basin

9. The medina

10. Suuqs

11. Dar Jama´

12. Medersa Bou Inania

13. Mausoleum of Sidi ben A´ssa

14. Flogging wool

Practicalities




















Open LookLex Encyclopaedia



Open the online Arabic language course







Intro | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | Practicalities


MEKNES
Imperial city

Meknes, Morocco


Meknes, Morocco


Meknes' imperial city is the work of a man highly revered in Morocco, but whose life story would not appeal much to people in any other country. Moulay Ismail ruled Morocco for 55 years until his death in 1727, a reign long enough to almost complete an imperial city challenging the finest even Europe had ever seen. Tens of thousands, mainly Christian slaves kidnapped from European villages as far north as Iceland by Moroccan pirates, worked and died to complete the more than 50 palaces, the 20 gates and a city wall 45 km long.
Much of Moulay Ismail's concepts have survived the centuries, but Meknes is still a city quite possible to cover in a day.





By Tore Kjeilen