CITY OF MIL LABERINTOS
Founded in the ninth century by Idris II , Fes Medina is home to the oldest of Morocco and one of the biggest in the Maghreb , a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1981.
The city is divided into three distinct areas , preserved traditions and lost in the Western world as tanning by hand, a job that is done the same way for centuries.
Walking through the labyrinthine streets of Fez transported past worlds in which potters , smiths and craftsmen living with foreign visitors , is still stunned that the people watching and sniffing multiple scents and smells that fill the atmosphere of this city.
Founded in 799, Fez years later became the first capital of the Kingdom of Morocco and this condition would hold two more times during the reign of Moulay Marinid and Abbey , until in 1913 the French give the capital to Rabat . Actually , Fez are three cities in one .
The new city , founded by the French in 1920 without any interest to the visitor , Fez el Bali ( “old ” ) and the Fez Fez Jadid or the New , an extension of the above Metropolis , made under the dynasty of the Benimerines in the thirteenth century. But it is , beyond doubt , the medieval labyrinth with over 9,400 streets forming Fez el Bali Fes as attractive .
The various professional associations that coexist there are distributed in different neighborhoods by specialty exercising , counting the neighborhood of artisans , the potters , smiths , tailors … Getting lost in the souks of Fez becomes a pleasure for the senses if you just go by instinct and smell.
The streets , winding and very narrow , and the houses , very high , let in a few rays of sun forming a play of light and shadows enigmatic and mysterious , something that increases the feeling of being in another world. Mirrors , perfumes , chickens , pigeons , silver , gold, slippers , sandals, chadors , chilabas , drums , vegetables, fruit , pottery, ceramics , forged , herbs ( nothing illegal ), spices, portraits of the king , cereals , books , glassware and everything imaginable , everything is here. The constant clatter of donkeys laden with goods from various sources , transports you to a world of reverie broken only by the cry of ” barak ” with which the pet owner warns passersby step Ass .
The first thing to do is contemplate by Fez from above, from one of its panoramic viewpoints , for example , from the Hotel des Merinides in The Kolla , or right in front of it , from Bordj Sud, a museum of weaponry occupies a bastion of Almohad origin.
The best thing to do in Fes miss her. Because it is a city to live , to smell, to imagine and recreate in the medieval era, yet to check how old professions such as goldsmiths, coppersmiths , tinsmiths , dyers , tanners talabarderos and organized in guilds , as centuries ago remain.
Among the various souks of the Medina hosting their respective guilds are no significant buildings as zaulia of Moulay Idriss, one of the sacred places of the city, the madrasa El Attarin , Qarauin college , one of the oldest in the world, Es- Seffarin or annexed to the dyers souk square.
NEIGHBORHOOD OF ANDALUCES
Raised by Muslim families expelled from Andalusia in the year 818, during the height of the Andalusian civilization , the neighborhood, with its coffered ceilings , bronzes , sculptures, carved plaster and , above all, the Mosque of the Andalusians , is the best example of splendor and wealth at that time.
FEZ EL DJEDID
Separated by gardens Bab Bu Djelud and west of the former, and the Fez Djedid or ” New ” appears , with great powerhouse in the golden gates of royal palace in whose shadow the Mellah Jewish quarter spreads, and some further, to the southwest , one enters the new French colonial city of unequivocal air. The Fez hotels and mansions.
Around Fez are Sefrou (Feast of Cherries in June ; moussem in August) , Ifrán (winter sports , mountaineering ) , Immouzer (Berber party honey in May ) , Azrou ( the most beautiful forest cedars of Morocco) and Cup ( first Almohad capital and magnet for caving ).