Founded in the 9th century and home to the oldest university in the world, Fez reached its height in the 13th–14th centuries under the Marinids, when it replaced Marrakesh as the capital of the kingdom. Volubilis Archeological Site thou was built in the 3rd century BC.The city remained occupied by Latin Christians, then by Muslims, then by the Idrisid dynasty, the founders of modern Morocco. It was abandoned in the 11th century when the seat of power moved to Fes, and the stones of the city were pillaged for Meknes ' building after a powerful earthquake in the 18th century. Under French occupation, excavation officially identified the site as Volubil's Roman city
Besides the usual Berber men selling postcards and "authentic" Roman coins, the city is now occupied by a new type of resident–storks. What better place to build their bulky nests for these big birds than atop a Roman column? The smooth sides protect them from any land animal and their size and paternal protection protects them from above. Storks can be seen all over Morocco, nesting ato
Volubilis City was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. A quick pit stop is usually part of a tour package on the road from Meknes to Fes.
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