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Meknes

Gate to the royal complex of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Meknes, Morocco.
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Gate to the royal complex of Sultan Moulay Ismail.

Walls of the royal complex of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Meknes, Morocco.
Walls of the royal complex of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Meknes, Morocco.

Gate to the palace of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Meknes, Morocco.
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Gate to the palace of Sultan Moulay Ismail.

Details from the gate to the palace of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Meknes, Morocco.
Where palace walls and city meets. Meknes, Morocco.

The Dar Jamaļ was built in 1882 to the vizier family Jamaļ. Morocco.
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The Dar Jamaļ was built in 1882 to the vizier family Jamaļ.

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Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
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Heri es-Souani
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Agdal basin
The medina
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Medersa Bou Inania
Mausoleum of Sidi ben Aļssa
Flogging wool

City of Morocco with 550,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), situated in northern Morocco, in the interior, west of the Middle Atlas.
It is the capital of the Meknes - Tafilalt region with 2.2 million inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 79,210 km².
The economic base for Meknes are fruits, vegetables, palm-oil pressing, metalworking, distilling, carpets, wool-products and cement. Meknes enjoys relative wealth, and is one of Morocco's fastest growing cities.
Meknes has a the old sultan's palace, dating back to the times when Meknes was Morocco's capital. The palace is often called the Versailles of Morocco, due to its large extent.

History
10th century CE: A Berber tribe called Maknassis settles here.
11th century: The Almohads establishes a citadel, called Meknes, here.
1675: Sultan Moulay Ismail makes Meknes his capital. During his 55 years of reign, the palace is erected.
1728: End to Meknes' position as capital.
1755: An earthquake destroys large parts of Meknes.
1912: The French make it their military headquarters.
1956: With Morocco's independence, Meknes becomes part of the new kingdom.




By Tore Kjeilen