The history of Meknes, is in a way the history of Moulay Ismail. This great-great-mekgrandfather of the current king Mohamed VI, governed in Morocco very strictly. He did expeditions and reconquered lost Moroccan possessions in every direction.


Nevertheless the sultan and Meknes were more famous due to their role in the international trade of slaves. The Moroccan pirates sank an enormous sum of ships and European powers tried to take them back. The image of Moulay Ismail in the west is still stained because of this episode. However in Morocco he is widely seen as a severe sultan but an excellent and crucial turning point to rejoin the Moroccan empire putting its name in the map again.



Meknes, also known as ''Mequinez'' was one of the imperial cities of the reign founded in the 11th Century. Moulay Ismail decided to named it capital of the empire in 1672. Its original style turns this place into a charming city. The creation of Moulay Ismail made to talk a lot in the East and in Europe, especially in France in the court of Louis XIV. This period changed the historic line of the city.


meknes2.0Including Bab Mansour, the Moulay Ismail's Mausoleum or El-Hedim, Meknes offers the impressive Roman ruins of Volubilis.


The city is surrounded with 2,5 walled kilometres that open onto the historic centre of Meknes through six huge doors. It was a flourishing settlement until the 4th Century and this can be seen in its monuments, sculptures and architectural structures.


Not far from Meknes, resides the holy city of Moulay Idriss. Every single year it is made a pilgrimage to this city in August or September, in which many different tribes get together increasing its cultural diversity.


Meknes and its surroundings have remained unchangeable among centuries. One of the most impressive views is when the sun sets and this wonderful imperial city begins to shine with its walls.