Saturday, 12 October 2013

Fes, Morocco

This postcard is from a swap with Najma in Morocco. We swapped a couple of cards last year and the year before, I believe I've posted the other one here as well...

This card shows a view from the Mnebhi Palace in Fes, Morocco. Fes or Fez is the third largest city of Morocco, with a population of approximately 1 million (2010). It is the capital of the Fès-Boulemane region.

The city has two old medinas, the larger of the which is Fes el Bali. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is believed to be one of the world's largest car-free urban areas. Al-Qarawiyyin, founded in AD 859, is the oldest continuously functioning madrasa in the world. The city has been called the "Mecca of the West" and the "Athens of Africa".

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