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Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), before it was relocated to Marrakech.  

  


Main sights in Meknes includes :


Dar El Makhzen palace, located in El Mechouar Stinia. It was Moulay Ismaïl's official palace.

Bab Mansour gate, named after the architect, El-Mansour.

Lahboul gardens. It houses a zoological garden and an open-air theatre.

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, built in 1703 by Ahmed Eddahbi

Néjjarine Mosque (10th century), located in the old city.

The Grand Mosque, founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids. It has 11 gates and 143 arcades.

Koubat Al Khayatin ("Ambassador's Hall"): a pavilion in which sultan Moulay Ismaïl received foreign ambassadors.

Bab Lakhmis: a large decorated gate from the 17th century.

Bab Berdaïne: a majestic gate built by Moulay Ismaïl in the 17th century.

Dar El Beida, a 19th-century palace built by sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah.

Royal stables

Agdal reservoir, built by Moulay Ismail. It measures 319 x 149 meters, with a depth of 2 m.

Cara subterranean prison.

The ruins of the Roman town of Volubilis (Oualili) are about half an hour to the north.




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