Medinas and world heritage sites

Morocco has nine locations inscribed on Unesco’s World Heritage list. The sites range from the two millennia-old ruins of Volubilis, once one of the Roman empire’s most remote outposts, to the new town of Rabat, built during the French colonial period from 1912 to the 1930s. Four medinas make it onto the list: Marrakesh, Essaouira, Fez and Tetouan. Here you’ll find monumental mosques, labyrinthine souqs, public squares that are anything but square, domed Hammans (bathhouses), fountains and communal ovens. The Spanish-Moorish-style city of Meknes also has some of these features, blending elements of Islamic and European style architecture and town planning. Rounding out the list are the 16th-century fortified Portuguese City of El-Jadida, a well-preserved relic of rambling lanes and sturdy ramparts, and the kasbah (citadel) of Aït Benhaddou, one of the best preserved in the Atlas region and often used a location for historical movies.

 

 

 

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