Updated: Jul 5
If you’re still wondering where to go and explore and actually feel the history - then take a look at this marvel.
Our pursuit of learning more about Morocco led us to the city of Fez
Welcome to the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco until 1925.
This place is basically living history. You can see both the present in the modern part of the city. Everywhere you look you see modern buildings, clean facades, diverse architecture, promenades and a lot more.
And also in the old parts of it.
The old Medina can surely be called the biggest maze. A UNESCO World heritage Site. The concentration of Moroccan history, with people visiting it from all over the world to feel it themselves.
The only way you know that it’s 2020 is by the numerous satellite dishes. Otherwise, it’s authentic.
The roofs are easily accessible from one of the shops, but keep in mind that it’s common curtesy to look at some of the goods they are selling.
Even if they decide to show you all of their carpets.
There are many legends about this city. One of them is of a tunnel underneath the Medina connecting two parts of the city.
Maybe you will be the one to find it?
The name of the hat that is commonly known as Fez is actually here pronounced as Tarboush
And it comes from the dye that was to color the hat and was extracted here in this city from crimson berries.
This tannery is believed to be the oldest leather tannery in the world.
Built in the 11th century, it is still functioning without modern machinery, like in the medieval times. The round stone vessels contain dye or white liquids for softening the hides.
Those white liquids are made from mixtures of cow urine, pigeon feces, salt and water - to clean and soften the tough skins of cows, sheep, goats and camels.
Specially for you we have made a 4K ambience walk around the Medina, so you can join us in discovering it until it gets dark.
Check it out!
Walking around the place can remind you of a treasure hunt , while the treasure is unknown, the locals are friendly and helpful.
And of course you got to try out the djellabas. Don’t be shy.
At other times the houses are bigger on the inside. All doors in the Medina are modest, but the inside can always have something that might resemble a fairy tale with antique doors and gorgeous mosaics.
Fez is a great city to get lost in. Because you never know what you find. As Chesterton said - the traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. The tourists sees what he has come to see.
So throw out that tourist guide an explore on your own with an open heart. You are destined to find more, if you look for it.
We made another post about Fez a little earlier - be sure to check it out!