By Tatiana Flowers

Rabat Although the political capital of Morocco was transferred from Fez to Rabat in 1912, Fez remains one of the eldest, most spiritual, artistic, and cultural hubs in the kingdom.

The alleyways in the Fez medina are filled with artists selling handmade jewelry, paintings, pottery, leather, and other kinds of Moroccan clothing. Vendors selling food can be found on every strip of the crowded medina as well.

Fez is the second largest city in Morocco, comprising almost 1 million people. It was founded in 789 A.D. by Idris II, a descendent of the prophet, and houses the oldest university in the world, Al Karaouin University, in addition to 25 old schools (Madrassas).

During the day, many people fill the small, windy streets of the Fez medina and at night, a visible change ensues. After dusk, many people eat and drink at café’s inside and outside of the medina. This change is more visible during Ramadan since a majority of Moroccans fast during this time.

Fez’s riads and vintage production of handmade crafts attract more and more tourists as time passes. Fes often sends imported goods, foods, and handmade crafts to other towns and cities in Morocco.

Journalists from Morocco World News spent 36 hours in Fez, documenting the different attractions through video and imagery.

Images from the scene, include visits to: Seffarine Square, where pottery is produced, Shemmaine, the market of fried fruits, Café Clock, at the heart of the medina, Sebaghine, which where clothes are dyed, Mssid, a classroom for kindergarteners, and Kissariat al Kifah, a large shopping mall.

Moroccan women in Fez medina
Inside the crowded alleyways of Chemmaine Neighborhood
Moroccans in Fez Medina. Attarine Street
Inside the Attarine Street
Moroccans in Fez Medina. Attarine Street
Inside the Attarine Street
Inside the Attarine Street
Inside the Attarine Street
The Main Gate of Moulsy Idriss Mauseulom in Fez
The Main Gate of Moulay Idriss Mausoleum in Fez
Moulay Idriss Mausoleum
Moulay Idriss Mausoleum
Inside Moulay Idriss Mausoleum
Inside Moulay Idriss Mausoleum
Souk Ebbat, Shoes Market inside the Kissariat Al Kifah
Souk Ebbat, Shoes Market inside the Kissariat Al Kifah
The Qarawiyyine University
The Qarawiyyine University
In Front og the Qarawiyyine University
In Front of the Qarawiyyine University
An old Bakery (Farrane)
An old Bakery (Farrane) in Fez
Inside the Guezzarine Street in Talaa Kbira Neighborhood
Inside the Guezzarine Street in Talaa Kbira Neighborhood
In front of the Bou Inania School in Talaa Kbira
In front of the Bou Inania School in Talaa Kbira
Inside Talaa Sghira Neighborhood
Inside Talaa Sghira Neighborhood
Rsif Neighborhood
Rsif Neighborhood

The only means of transportation in Fez Medina are horses and carts

 

The only means of transportation in Fez Medina are horses and carts

By the Lalla Yaddouna Neighborhood
By the Lalla Yaddouna Neighborhood

Moroccan women in Fez, Morocco

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