Fez: 3 must-see attractions
What to see in Fez?
Regarded as the Moroccan cultural capital, Fez is mostly known for its fortified Medina, which is the biggest in all of the Maghreb and home to most of its Cultural Institutions. In the Bab Jou-Jeloud district, accessible by the superb door of the same name covered in blue and green earthenware, you can stroll through the narrow Medieval streets, walk past the sublime ornamentations of the Bou Inania medersa, discover the Karaouyine mosque, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the Muslim world, or visit the Bar Batah museum, which is dedicated to the different art and traditions of the city.
The tannery district
Leather manufacturing is an ancestral art in Morocco. In Fez, the visitors will be able to observe the manufacturing process, a real show orchestrated in the manner of a ballet: The drying of hides, tanning, hanging, colouring in the tanks, until their final version in the leather goods shops.
Bou Inania Medersa, Fes
Built during the Merinids Dynasty in 1350, this religious university is well worth a detour when visiting Fez, as it is one of the only religious monuments open to all the public. The architecture and decoration of the monument are characteristic of the Moorish Arab style, with a beautiful central courtyard paved with marble and surrounded by carved wooden Moucharabiehs (a sort of oriel bay window.) Upstairs, you can still visit the rooms where the students stayed. The rules in religious boarding schools were very strict in the past. During exam periods, students were only fed with bread, olives and water. The Medersa is the largest in the city, and also serves as a Mosque for those who on Fridays, it is also the only Koranic school with a Minaret that overlooks the city.