The Moroccan city of Fez is a northern central city well known for its unique atmosphere and emphasis on religion. The dynasties that have existed in Fez date back hundreds of years, and several of their legacies still stand today.
These legacies date back to the time of 789 when the city of Fez was founded. Several sultans and rulers have had their share of leadership over the city. Idris I, the founder of Fez, very quickly gave the land to his son, Idris II. He then had many sons that grew tension among each other on who would inherit the city.
As years have passed and rulers have gone through, a major dynasty was the Marinid dynasty. This dynasty can be known for their discrimination against the city’s Jewish population and their desire to rid the city of these people, who were unworthy in their eyes. Their rule over the city lasted up until the 16th century.
During this time, many different buildings were constructed, some of which still stand today. These are must-see landmarks that show how deep the routes of Islam run in this city.
The Blue Gate
The Blue Gate is a picturesque monument you do not want to miss. With rich and vibrant hues of blues and greens swirled together, it is a landmark that will keep you captivated. What is so unique about the Blue Gate is that one side is blue and is a way to greet visitors and the other side is green which represents the importance of Islam. This area is also the largest no-car zone in the world which is the area of Fes el-Bali.
Bou Inania Madresa
Another great location is the Bou Inania Madresa. This is an active Mosque or a Madrasa has an important stake on the architecture you see in Fez. This mosque was finished around 1350 under the orders of sultan Abu Inan. This political icon is a place you do not want to miss.
Al Attarine Madresa
Another scholarly option to visit while in Fez is Al Attarine Madresa. Considered more a place of learning rather than a mosque, Al Attarine Madresa has been renovated several times since it was built in the 11th century, but it definitely still captures its original beauty in the architecture. The fountains within are very much appealing.
The history of the city of Fez still stands today (literally) and it is something to explore when visiting Morocco. Of course, there are markets and military bases to see, but a real travel in time would be to see how the dynasties of centuries ago still stand in some way today. Don’t underestimate the value of a few days exploring this city as part of your trip through Morocco!