Morocco’s Four Imperial Cities

Morocco has four imperial cities which are as follows Fes, Rabat, Marrakesh, and Meknes. Each of these cities has a long and rich history, as well as having multiple historical spots that stand remaining until now and as a result, represent the richness of the Moroccan history as well as culture. 

A brief history of these four cities 


Fes; the oldest imperial city in the kingdom, was built in the 8th century under the Idrisid dynasty. It has three main sections, the old Medina along with Fes Jedid and La Ville Nouvellle 

It is known by the old Medina that has very thinly squares along with numerous traditional shops whether of clothes, food, or handmade craft works.  

This city has also religious buildings of Al Quarauine Mosque and the Medersa Bou Inania. In addition, one of the oldest universities in the world “Al Quaraouine” which was built with a precise and amazing architecture 


Meknes represents a big part of the Moroccan history and was once the capital of the kingdom under the reign of Almoravids.  

This city was founded in the 11th century and has historical and important gates especially -Bab El Mansour-. Not to Mention the 31 km away from Meknes “the ruins of Volubilis”. This Roman ruin creates a large area of remaining traces of history.  


Currently the capital of the kingdom as well as a very important strategic location and a place of local and international embassies and meetings.  

It has the great Hassan II tower and a beautiful “Udayas Kasbah. Located in the Atlantic Ocean; Rabat plays a remarkable trading role along with its Medina which is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  


Marrakesh is a suitable place to have good times and visit new stunning spots. It was founded in 1062 century by Abu Bakr ibn Amar.  

Marrakesh has a major square which is loaded with merchants and amusing activities such as storytellers and snake charmers. Furthermore, the city contains a very stunning garden of Majorelle and the Saadian Tombs.  


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