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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Historic City of Meknes is one of the World Heritage Sites of Morocco. The old city dates back to the 11th century, when it was founded by the Almoravids. The settlement itself is much older. Its Kasbah dates back to the 8th century, and the Almoravids had built a fortress here since the 9th century.

In the subsequent years since its founding, Meknes grew in size and population. Many madrasas, kasbahs and mosques were built, particularly in the 14th century and thereafter. The city reached its golden age in the 17th century, when it was ruled by Sultan Moulay Ismail (1672-1727).


Bab El-Khemis, Meknes, Morocco
Bab El-Khemis, Meknes, Morocco
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Following his ascension to the Sultanate of Morocco, Sultan Moulay Ismail built a large prison here to incarcerate Christian sailors that he captured at sea. In addition, he also built new structures, including gates, mosques and gardens. His many structures led Meknes to be known as the City of a Hundred Minarets. Its city wall alone measured 40 km in length.

Historic City of Meknes was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee in Mérida, Mexico, 2 - 7 December, 1996.


Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Meknes
Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Meknes
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N33 52 59.988 W5 33 29.988 in Wilaya de Meknes, Morocco.
Inscription Year: 1996
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: IV

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