Morocco tourism: Visit the remnants of the Middle Ages civilization

Morocco tourism is a journey to find the remaining Middle Ages. To feel the uniqueness of Morocco, start from the city of Fes.

1. Visit the miracle Bou Inania Medersa

Bou Inania Medersa is a rare religious building that you can visit during your trip in Morocco because most religious shrines here do not allow non-Muslims to enter. This is an old building constructed in the 14th century. In the past, the building was used as a school for Muslims. But today, it is remodeled and turned into an attractive tourist destination.

Bou Inania Medersa is beautifully decorated with a collection of multicolored mosaic glasses and stones, cleverly carved plasterboards and impressive large doors. Coming here, you will surely admire the unique and original architectural beauty of the medieval culture for a while.


2. Feel the special scent from Medieval leather dyeing factories

Fes is the city that owns the oldest leather dyeing factories in the world. Here, people still use their traditional dyeing methods from the Middle Ages, so the leather bought in the market around this area is made entirely by hand.

However, the smell from these dyeing factories is quite strong, so before visiting them, travellers are often given mint leaves to rub on their noses so they don't feel uncomfortable during the tour.


3. Get lost at the unique colorful Medina

The Medina is a unique old town, formed thousands of years ago in Fes, Morocco. Interestingly, the life of the local people here still remains intact with the colors of the past. Surrounded by sand walls, Medina is an important place to live and exchange local goods. Here, people still move and transport goods with donkeys.


The crafts shops in Madina are built close together and sell many unique traditional handicrafts. The space inside the Medina is always filled with the smell of wood, of metal, the smell of fabric and the smell of argan oil, mixed with the scent of typical flavors and spices of this land. Because of these cultural specialties, Medina is an ancient city once recognized as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Traveling to Morocco and visiting Fes city, just try spending a day wandering in long narrow alleys to crept and explore the nooks and crannies of indigenous people. Let your footsteps lead and if you get lost in the long alleys, keep going, follow the sun to find the exit, just as the Moroccans do.


4. Take a look at the Merenid Tombs

Merenid Tombs are the place that keeps the body of the king and other members of the royal family from the Merenid era, in the 14th century. Although the time has changed these tombs a little bit and the ancient carvings have been blurred because of the wind the overall structure of the architectural block is still relatively intact.

Besides, Merenid tombs are also loved by tourists when they travel to Morocco partly thanks to their special location. To visit this place, you must climb to a high mountain and when you arrive, you will get an amazing panoramic view of the whole city of Fes. And most stunning view of Fes from the Merenid Tombs is at sunset, when the orange sunlight at the end of the day falls into the yellow sand of the city.


5. Admire the Al Quaraouiyine Mosque

Al Quaraouiyine is the world's oldest university, built in 859 BC. Today, Al Quaraouiyine becomes Africa's largest mosque, serving 20,000 worshipers.

Although this place does not allow non-Muslims to enter, its library since being repaired in 2016 has opened its doors for everyone. Visitors therefore can also visit and admire the impressive architecture from the 9th century.


By: Quinn Abrams

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