[13]:26, Fez also played a role in the Moroccan nationalist movement and in protests against the French colonial regime. Today UNESCO has designated the entire Medina of Fez as a world monument. Many of the first inhabitants were refugees fleeing from an uprising in Cordoba (modern-day Spain). The hotel is 5 minutes from the train station and 20 minutes from Fez - Saïss International Airport. Fez’s old city, the medina consists of more than 9400 alleys. This traditional system continued to be used even up to the 21st century. [61][62][63] The existence today of a Ville Nouvelle ("New City") alongside a historic medina in Fez was thus a consequence of this early colonial decision-making. [17]:241–242 Otherwise, however, the city benefitted from a long era of relative peace. [116] Its sister fort, Borj Sud, is located on the hills to the south of the city. Hence, Morocco remained the only North-African state to deter and defeat the Ottomans. Fez or Fes (/fɛz/; Arabic: فاس‎, romanized: fās, Berber languages: ⴼⴰⵙ, romanized: fas, French: Fès) is a city in northern inland Morocco and the capital of the Fès-Meknès administrative region. [41]:312 Sultan Abu al-Hassan was the most prolific patron of madrasa construction, completing the Al-Attarine, Mesbahiyya and Sahrij Madrasa in Fez alone, and several other madrasas as well in other cities such as Salé and Meknes. Further information: Fez, Morocco § History As the capital for his newly acquired empire, Idris ibn Abdallah chose to build a new town on the right bank of the Fez River in 789 CE. [7][8], During the rule of the Idrisid dynasty, Fez consisted of two cities: Fas, founded by Idris I,[9] and al-ʿĀliyá, founded by his son, Idris II. It’s surrounded by … Please help us out and disable your ad-blocker. "Fes" redirects here. [108][73] The Marinid dynasty (13th-15th century) devoted great attention to the construction of madrasas following the Maliki orthodoxy, resulting in the unprecedented prosperity of the city's religious institutions. [12] In 1033, under the leader Tamim, several thousand Jews were killed in the Fez Massacre. The Palais Jamai, for example, was converted into a luxury hotel in the early 20th century. Explore the Fez Medina. Fez or Fes is a city in northern inland Morocco and the capital of the Fès-Meknès administrative region. They maintained this control even after the Caliphate's collapse in the early 11th century and until the arrival of the Almoravids. Michael Dumper, Bruce E. Stanley, pagina 151. Fez (Fes) Morocco is an enchanting city with a UNESCO protected medina is one of Morocco's top medieval gems. This all took place during the 13th and 14th century under the control of the Marinids. Under Almohad rule the city grew to become one of the largest in the world between 1170 and 1180, with an estimated 200,000 people living there. [124] Many bourgeois and aristocratic mansions were also accompanied by private gardens, especially in the southwestern part of Fes el-Bali, an area once known as al-'Uyun. Frost is not uncommon during the winter period. The watermarks do not show up on the actual postcard. [123], The old city also has several major historic cemeteries which existed outside the main city gates, namely the cemeteries of Bab Ftouh (the most significant), Bab Mahrouk, and Bab Guissa. There are three tanneries in the city, largest among them is Chouara Tannery near the Saffarin Madrasa along the river. The Fez Medina is also one of the most complex labyrinth cities in the world, with houses and shops built close together along tangled streets making it near impossible for visitors to find their own way around. Many Moroccan nationalists received their education at the Al-Qarawiyyin University and some of their informal political networks were established thanks to this shared educational background. [27]:36 A decade after Dunas, however, between 1059 and 1061, the two opposing settlements of the city were ruled separately by two rival Zenata emirs: Al-'Aliya was controlled by an emir named Al-Guissa and Madinat Fas was controlled by Al-Foutouh. Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. In contrast to other medinas (old city areas) in the country this was the most authentic, tourist-free place we visited. Fez is the medieval capital of Morocco founded by Idris I in 789, and a great city of high Islamic civilization, culture and education. Fez reached its zenith in the Marinid era (13th-15th centuries), regaining its status as political capital. [36][12][13] It is from the Marinid period that Fez's reputation as an important intellectual centre largely dates. [130] The layout of the traditional hammam in the region was inherited from the Roman bathhouse model. Austerity measures led to several riots and uprisings across other cities during the 1980s. Note: In most pictures we have added an "uffdahhh" watermark for identification. It is not known whether the name al-ʿĀliyá ever referred to both urban areas. It is one of the oldest … [17]:370, In 1912 French colonial rule was instituted over Morocco following the Treaty of Fes. These well preserved buildings include mosques, palaces, fountains and residential homes. [42][56] The sultans and their entourage also became more and more closely associated with the elites of Fez and other urban centers, with the ulama (religious scholars) of Fez being particularly influential. [31], A number of social and physical changes took place at this period and across the 20th century. [122] A number of zawiyas are scattered elsewhere across the city, many containing the tombs of important Sufi saints or scholars, such as the Zawiya of Sidi Abdelkader al-Fassi, the Zawiya of Sidi Ahmed esh-Shawi, and the Zawiya of Sidi Taoudi Ben Souda. One noticeable thing was that the pickaxe was made from silver and gold. [111] Construction of the new city's gates and towers sometimes employed the labour of Christian prisoners of war. The death of one of the students further inflamed protests, resulting in buildings being burned and looted, particularly symbols of wealth such as the Hôtel des Mérinides, a luxury hotel overlooking Fes el-Bali and dating to the time of Lyautey. The Occidental Fès Medina hotel has been created as a haven of peace in the heart of the Medina. [58] A few years later the French Colonel Charles Émile Moinier arrived in Fez in 1911 and established itself at Dar Dbibegh. The latter would flee to Portugal where he asked king Sebastian of Portugal for help to regain his throne. The MAS Fez basketball team competes in the Nationale 1, Morocco's top basketball division. Sultan Moulay Abdallah, who reigned intermittently during this period and used Fez as a capital, was initially welcomed in 1728–29 as an enemy of the Udayas, but relations between him and the city's population quickly soured due to his choice of governor. The leather goods produced in the tanneries are exported around the world. [19][56] Moulay Hassan also expanded the old Royal Palace itself, extending its entrance up to the current location of the Old Mechouar while adding the New Mechouar, along with the Dar al-Makina, to the north. [19]:42–44, Each city had its great mosque, its markets, and currency. A kasbah (citadel) was built at the western edge of the city (just west of Bab Bou Jeloud today) to house the city's governor and garrison. [12] To the north, near the Bab Guissa Cemetery, there are also the Marinid Tombs built during the 14th century as a necropolis for the Marinid sultans, ruined today but still a well-known landmark of the city. The Jews were especially concentrated in a northeastern district of Al-'Aliya known as Funduq el-Yihoudi (near the later Bab Guissa). [109], The gates of Fez, scattered along the circuit of walls, were guarded by the military detachments and shut at night. It is the second largest city in Morocco after Casablanca,[4] with a population of 1.22 million (2020). [13][70] The Jewish population was particularly depleted, either moving to Casablanca or emigrating to countries like France, Canada, and Israel. [19][31] These include the Kasbah Tamdert, just inside the city walls near Bab Ftouh, and the forts of Borj Nord (Borj al-Shamali) on the hills to the north, Borj Sud (Borj al-Janoub) on the hills to the south, and the Borj Sheikh Ahmed to the west, at a point in Fes el-Jdid's walls that was closest to Fes el-Bali. [12], The new city occupies a plateau on the edge of the Saïs plain. Although he did restore or rebuild some major monuments in the city, such as the Zawiya of Moulay Idris II, he also frequently imposed heavy taxes on the city's inhabitants and sometimes even forcibly transferred parts of its population to repopulate other cities in the country. Fez was a prime manufacturing location for embroidery and leather goods such as the Adarga. Archit 96 no. [109] The library of the Madrasa of al-Qarawiyyin was also established under Marinid rule around 1350, which stores a large selection of valuable manuscripts dating back to the medieval era. The first major room visitors entered was the undressing room (mashlah in Arabic or goulsa in the local Moroccan Arabic dialect), equivalent to the Roman apodyterium. Aziza Chaouni: Hybrid Urban Sutures: Filling in the Gaps in the Medina of Fez." [13] Such private houses include the Dar al-Alami,[134] the Dar Saada (now a restaurant), Dar 'Adiyil, Dar Belghazi, and others. [23], The creation of the separate French Ville Nouvelle to the west had a wider impact on the entire city's development. Throughout the history, 13 kasbahs were constructed surrounding the old city. At the start of the day, you will visit the Royal palace as well as some worth seeing nearby zone as an illustration, Moulay Abdellah district, and The Mellah Jewish area. However, the city rapidly developed as the military garrison center of the region during the Almoravid era, in which the military operations were commanded and carried out to other North African regions and Southern Europe to the north, and Senegal river to the south. Medina of Fez is open: Tue - Wed 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM. Some of them may have been built with the help of Christian European prisoners of war from the Saadians' victory over Portuguese at the Battle of the Three Kings in 1578. [13]:16[23]:91[14][23], Under Zenata control Fez continued to grow even though conflicts between its two settlements, Madinat Fas and Al-'Aliya, continued to flare up during periods of political rivalry. Numerous new madrasas and mosques were constructed, many of which survive today, while other structures were restored. Following another successful but ephemeral Fatimid takeover of Morocco in 979 by Buluggin ibn Ziri, the forces of Al-Mansur of Cordoba managed to retake the region again, expelling the Fatimids permanently. The Fes medina is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area was blessed with water flowing everywhere. [148], The city's main train station, operated by ONCF, is located s short distance from the downtown area of the Ville Nouvelle and is connected to the rail lines running east to Oujda and west to Tangier and Casablanca. [67]:140, 146 In July 1930, the Al-Qarawiyyin's students and other inhabitants participated in protests against the Berber Dahir decreed by the French authorities in May of that year. We had a great day trip in Fez, the handicrafts capital of Morocco. During this period, the two formerly divided cities known as Madinat Fas and al-'Aliya were united under a single enclosure. Today, the tanning industry in the city is considered one of the main tourist attractions. [24][25] Other structures built in his time included hammams (bathhouses), mosques, and the first bridges over the Oued Bou Khareb (mostly rebuilt in later eras). These buildings are counted among the hallmarks of Moorish and Moroccan architectural styles. He built the Kasbah Cherarda (also known as the Kasbah al-Khemis) to the north of Fes el-Jdid and of the Royal Palace in order to house a large part of his tribal troops. It is the perfect oasis of calm and you will feel a million miles away from everything. The Fez Medina is no longer the political capital of Morocco since Rabat was given this title in 1912. The Medina of Fez is considered as one of the most extensive and best conserved historic towns of the Arab-Muslim world."[95]. Some of them more extensive, some of them so narrow you almost didn’t recognize it them as a path. Lat34North.com & Yahoo! But what really makes it special is that Riad Fes is not just a riad. "Fez, Kingdom of Morocco", The events began with a strike called to demand an increase to minimum wage and other measures. Located to the northeast of the Atlas Mountains, Fez is situated at a crossroad connecting the important cities of different regions; 206 km (128 mi) from Tangier to the northwest, 246 km (153 mi) from Casablanca, 189 km (117 mi) from Rabat to the west, and 387 km (240 mi) from Ma… The majority of the population lives in the Ville Nouvelle region and other modern-day neighbourhoods outside the historic walled city. [50], The 1465 Moroccan revolt in 1465 overthrew the last Marinid sultan. For nearly three more decades the city remained in more or less perpetual conflict with both the Udayas and the Alaouite sultans. Address. Originally, the dye for the hats came from a berry that was grown outside the city, known as the Turkish kızılcık or Greek akenia (Cornus mas). [19][31] He also restored or rebuilt what became known as the Kasbah an-Nouar, which became the living quarters of his followers from the Tafilalt region (the Alaouite dynasty's ancestral home). Fez has two football teams, MAS Fez (Fés Maghrebi) and Wydad de Fès (WAF). Fez became a rival seat of power for a number of brothers vying against other family members ruling from Marrakesh, and both cities changed hands multiple times until the realm the internecine conflict finally ended in 1627. Lift the lid off an earthenware tajine and delve under the surface of this fascinating country by plunging into the souks with our chef as your guide, tasting simple delicacies on our doorstep. The medina of Fez visit was the greatest experience during our visit (my wife and I) in Morocco. Home » Tourist Attractions and Wonders of Morocco to Explore » Explore the Wonders of Morocco’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites » Medina of Fez – Morocco’s Cultural and Spiritual Center. This resulted in the arrest of nationalist leaders followed by the violent suppression of protests across many cities, including Fez. [76][77][78][79], The city is divided between its historic medina (the two walled districts of Fes el-Bali and Fes el-Jdid) and the now much large Ville Nouvelle (New City) along with several outlying modern neighbourhoods. Rainfall can reach up to 800 mm (31 in) in good years. In 1276 after a massacre by the population to kill all Jews that was stopped by intervention of the Emir,[35] they founded Fes Jdid, which they made their administrative and military centre. Fez has the best-preserved old city in the Arab world, the sprawling, labyrinthine medina of Fes el-Bali, which is incidentally also the world's largest car-free urban zone. It remained a major economic center of the region even during troubled times. Fez is also considered the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. [130], Many old private residences have also survived to this day, in various states of conservation. [101] The Zawiya of Moulay Idriss II (previously mentioned) and the Zawiya of Sidi Ahmed al-Tijani include mosque areas as well, as do several other prominent zawiyas in the city. These old buildings are surrounded by eight kilometers of fortified walls that were built in an attempt to keep invaders out of the city. [61] Scholar Janet Abu-Lughod has argued that these policies created in Morocco a kind of urban "apartheid" between the indigenous Moroccan urban areas – which were forced to remain stagnant in terms of urban development and architectural innovation – and the new planned cities which were mainly inhabited by Europeans and which expanded to occupy lands formerly used by Moroccans outside the city. [12]:35[13]:35[14]:83 These settlements (Madinat Fas and Al-'Aliya) would soon develop into two walled and largely autonomous sites, often in conflict with one another. Fez recorded snowfall in three straight years in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Successive waves of mainly Arab immigrants from Ifriqiya (Tunisia) and al-Andalus (Spain/Portugal) in the early 9th century gave the nascent city its Arab character. The military watchtowers built in its early days during the Idrisid era were relatively small. One immediate consequence was the 1912 riots in Fez, a popular uprising which included deadly attacks targeting Europeans as well as native Jewish inhabitants in the Mellah, followed by an even deadlier repression. The latter stretches out to the west and south and is occupied largely by farmland. [135][13] The lavish former mansion of the Glaoui clan, known as the Dar Glaoui, is partly open to visitors but still privately owned. One of the most important ones is the Marabout of Sidi Harazem in the Bab Ftouh Cemetery. [12][24], In 1069–1070 (or possibly a few years later[23]), Fez was conquered by the Almoravids under Yusuf ibn Tashfin. Among the oldest mosques still standing today are the highly prestigious Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin, founded in 857 (and subsequently expanded),[96] the Mosque of the Andalusians founded in 859–860,[97] the Bou Jeloud Mosque from the late 12th century,[98] and possibly the Mosque of the Kasbah en-Nouar (which may have existed in the Almohad period but was likely rebuilt much later[94][12]). [13], Along with the city walls and gates, several forts were constructed along the defensive perimeters of the medina during the different time periods. [70] In 1963 the University of Al-Qarawiyyin was reorganized as a state university,[71] while a new public university, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, was founded in 1975 in the Ville Nouvelle. Fez was founded under Idrisid rule during the 8th-9th centuries CE. Roughly 15 km south of Fes el-Bali is the region's main airport, Fes-Saïs. Fes El Bali, Fes, Morocco. [12] One of the most famous is the Funduq al-Najjariyyin, which was built in the 18th century by Amin Adiyil to provide accommodation and storage for merchants and which now houses the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts. A "kasbah" in the context of Maghrebi region is the traditional military structure for fortification, military preparation, command and control. All trademarks and web sites that appear throughout this site are the property of their respective owners. We are using cookies to make the website better. [12] The oldest sections of the walls today thus date back to this time. These in turn empty into the Oued Bou Khareb, the stretch of the river which passes through the middle of Fes el-Bali and separates the Qarawiyyin quarter from the Andalusian quarter. [12] The Alaouites continued to rebuild or restore various monuments, as well as to expand the grounds of the Royal Palace a number of times. The Almoravid fortifications were later destroyed and then rebuilt by the Almohad dynasty in the 12th century, under Caliph Muhammad al-Nasir. For over fifteen years, our family has hosted hundreds of international travelers to the Fez medina from all over the world through our family business, Fez Medina. In 1276 the Marinid sultan Abu Yusuf Yaqub also founded the royal administrative district of Fes el-Jdid, where the royal palace is still located today, to which extensive gardens were later added. This was accomplished partly by the settling there of Andalusians and the further improvement of the infrastructure. It is distinct from Fez's now much larger Ville Nouvelle (new city) originally founded by the French. Fez reached its golden age in the Marinid period. MOROCCO VUE DU PATIO-MEDINA DE FEZ HOTEL PALAIS-JAMAI RPPC: Unused Postcard That Has Not Been Postmarked. These two waves of immigrants gave the city its Arabic character and would subsequently give their name to the districts of 'Adwat Al-Andalus and 'Adwat al-Qarawiyyin. [24] He developed much of Fez's water distribution infrastructure, which has largely survived up to the present day. [12][13] There was a brief period of disorder under Moulay Yazid (ruled 1790–1792) and Moulay Slimane (ruled 1792–1822), with the sultans in Fez losing control of most of the rest of Morocco between 1790 and 1795. World Heritage Listing for Medina of Fez. [56], Fez played a central role in the Hafidhiya, the brief civil war that erupted when Sultan Abd al-Hafid challenged his heavily Europe-allied brother Abdelaziz for the throne. Instead of the customary hotel, visitors are taken to a historic and romantic period of time where they are treated to a unique experience and a secret way of life that has only been opened to them in recent years. The City of Fez is the first imperial city of Morocco… [80][81], Located by the Atlas Mountains, Fez has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa) with a strong continental influence, shifting from relatively cool and wet in the winter to dry and hot days in the summer months between June and September. [69]:387–389[67]:168 Towards the end of World War II, Moroccan nationalists gathered in Fez to draft a demand for independence, which they submitted to the Allies on January 11, 1944. Today, the city consists of two old medina quarters, Fes el-Bali and Fes el-Jdid, and the much larger modern urban Ville Nouvelle area founded during the French colonial era. [citation needed] However, Ibn Atiyya's descendant Dunas ibn Hamama, ruling between 1037 and 1049, was responsible for many important infrastructural works necessary to accommodate Fez's growing population. [12][137] A large area of Fes el-Jdid is also taken up by the 80-hectare Royal Palace, or Dar al-Makhzen, whose new ornate gates (built in 1969-71) are renowned but whose grounds are not open to the public as they are still used by the King of Morocco when visiting the city. [30], In 1145 the Almohad leader Abd al-Mu'min besieged and conquered the city during the Almohad overthrow of the Almoravids. It is also a major tourism destination due to its historical heritage. [53], After the death of Abdallah al-Ghalib a new power struggle would emerge, after Abd al-Malik would take Fez with Ottoman support and oust his nephew Abu Abdullah. Then manufacturing began in France and Turkey as well. [11][91] Tourism is also a major industry due to the city's UNESCO-listed historic medina. The Mosque of the Sharifs was the burial site of Idris II and evolved into the Zawiya of Moulay Idris II that exists today, while the al-Anouar Mosque has left only minor remnants. [40] The madrasas are a hallmark of Marinid architecture, with its striking blending of Andalusian and Almohad traditions. [12] Today, it is an example of a kasbah serving as a residential district much like the rest of the medina, with its own neighborhood mosque. The tanneries are packed with the round stone wells filled with dye or white liquids for softening the hides. [21] From 980 (or from 986[23][12]), Fez was ruled by a Zenata dynasty from the Maghrawa tribe, who were allies of the Caliphate of Córdoba. The streets were paved and, according to the tenth-century geographer, Ibn Hawqal, water was flushed into the suqs every summer night to clean the ground. Fez suffered particularly from repeated conflicts with the Udayas (or Oudayas), a guich tribe (vassal tribe serving as a garrison and military force) previously installed in the Kasbah Cherarda by Moulay Isma'il. [112][113] Later, in modern times, the gates became more ceremonial rather than defensive structures, as reflected by the 1913 construction of the decorative Bab Bou Jeloud gate at the western entrance of Fes el-Bali by the French colonial administration. [13]:296[12]:100 Today it is the oldest garden of Fes. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. In the meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire came close to Fez after the conquest of Algeria in the 16th century. [18] The city also had a strong Jewish community, probably consisting of Zenata Berbers who had previously converted to Judaism, as well as a small remaining Christian population for a time. [citation needed], The Tijani Sufi order, started by Ahmad al-Tijani (d. 1815), had its spiritual center in Fez after al-Tijani moved here from Algeria in 1789. Weather, 2009, webpages: Cities of the Middle-East and North-Africa A historical enceclopedia. [11], Today, the city's surrounding countryside, the fertile Saïss plains, is an important source of agricultural activity producing primarily cereals, beans, olives, and grapes, as well as raising livestock. The oldest university in the world is also located in the Medina of Fez. It also has Chouara Tannery from the 11th century, one of the oldest tanneries in the world. The eldest, Muhammad, received Fez, but some of his brothers attempted to break away from his leadership, resulting in an internecine conflict. Many of the madrasas, the fondouks, the mosques and the palaces – th… [12] It too had its own mosque, known as the Bou Jeloud Mosque. Located to the northeast of the Atlas Mountains, Fez is situated at a crossroad connecting the important cities of different regions; 206 km (128 mi) from Tangier to the northwest, 246 km (153 mi) from Casablanca, 189 km (117 mi) from Rabat to the west, and 387 km (240 mi) from Marrakesh to the southwest which leads to the Trans-Saharan trade route. This architecture is characterised by construction techniques and decoration developed over a period of more than ten centuries, and where local knowledge and skills are interwoven with diverse outside inspiration (Andalusian, Middle Eastern and African). Fez’s old town, or … Located in the heart of the medina, Riad Fes is the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the area without having to leave the city. [147], The city is served by the region's main international airport, Fès–Saïs, located roughly 15 km south of the city center. Barceló Fés Medina (Hotel), Fez (Morocco) Deals Info & prices Amenities House rules The fine print Guest reviews (780) In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are currently in effect at this property. [31] Moulay Rashid set about restoring the city after a long period of neglect. Thu - Thu 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Eventbrite - Fes Medina Morocco presents Join Us for Tea & Stories of Morocco's Medieval Fez Medina - Friday, December 4, 2020 | Saturday, January 30, 2021 - … Stock Photo ID: … [80] A new terminal was added to the airport in 2017 which expanded the airport's capacity to 2.5 million visitors a year. [29] Perhaps as a result of persistent tensions with the city's inhabitants, the Saadians built a number of new forts and bastions around the city which appear to have been aimed at keeping control over the local population. © Copyright 1995-2021 Morocco.com. The Fez Medina was discovered in the 9th century and became prominent when it replaced Marrakech as the capital of Morocco. Although the Idrisid realm was eventually reunified and enjoyed a period of peace under Ali ibn Muhammad and Yahya ibn Muhammad, it fell into decline again in the late 9th century. 9.2 . In the same year of this conquest, Yusuf ibn Tashfin finally unified Madinat Fas and Al-'Aliya into one city. [13] Larger and richer mansions, such as the Dar Mnebhi, Dar Moqri, and Palais Jamaï (Jamai Palace), have also been preserved. Until recently this experience was not an option, but in recent years a number of these ancient properties have been restored and made available for people to rent. The medina of Fez – the wold’s biggest car-free zone. [130][131] Though their architecture can be very functional, some of them, like the Hammam as-Saffarin and the Hammam al-Mokhfiya, have notable decoration. It is surrounded by hills and the old city is centered around the Fez River (Oued Fes) flowing from west to east. [59][60] Fez and its Dar al-Makhzen ceased to be the center of power in Morocco as the capital was moved to Rabat, which remained the capital even after independence in 1956. I was able to take plenty of pictures of the beautiful city as we explored its alleys. [54][51] Despite the reunification of the country, the Saadians were in full decline and Fez had already suffered considerably from the repeated conquests and reconquests during the conflict. Is Fes, Morocco … [52], In the 16th century the Saadis rose to power in southern Morocco and challenged the Wattasids. They later retook the city in 1553 with Ottoman support, but this reconquest was short-lived and in 1554 the Wattasids were decisively defeated in the battle of Tadla by the Saadis. In this travel vlog I explore Fes, Morocco and show you what to do in Fes when traveling here. 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