Monday, January 18, 2010

Morocco Series: Fes Part II, The Medina





I'm back with more photos from Fes, this time with photos taken around the streets of Fes El-Bali (old Fes). The old city is surrounded by walls - which are being restored over time. "Fes el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its medina, the larger of the two medinas of Fes, is believed to be the world's largest contiguous car-free urban area. The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in 859 C.E., is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world." -via Wikipedia

*please be patient during photo upload - I've specially uploaded higher-res images so you guys get extra detail! :)

One of the many public fountains in the Fes Medina - you'll see people standing in line waiting to fill up large jugs of fresh water to bring back to their homes.

A typical sight on the medina streets.



One of the larger squares in the Medina. The larger pots you see sitting around are available for rent if your family is planning a large gathering and need to make a lot of food.

The residential streets are getting narrower over time and you'll see a lot of scaffolding used throughout the Medina to support failing walls.



A stunning ceiling outside entry to a mosque. Nothing was left unadorned!

The Kairaouine Mosque tower - the image doesn't do the color justice. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter- but no one seems to mind us standing just outside the entry and taking photos.
Looking into the courtyard of the Kairaouine Mosque


I believe this shot was us looking into a mosque.



One of the many tanneries. Our guide took us up to the terrace to avoid the smell (the terrace, of course, being a part of his friend's leather shop)

We got lost at night, and while the streets were mostly lit, we still had to give an eager child a few dirhams to lead us out.

The main entrance to the Medina, Bab Bou Jeloud is actually a "recent addition," being built in 1913.



Chris and I were pleased that many of the food stalls and vendors were patronized by locals, not all tourists.

*All photos taken by my boyfriend, Chris

** I am by no means an expert and after 7 days of running around Morocco please feel free to correct me if any information I give in the Morocco Series is incorrect!

5 comments:

Cristin said...

What a lovely tour and post!!! I'd love to visit one day.

xo,
cristin

Amanda said...

what amazing photos! i love all the color and patterns...

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Beautiful pictures...I really feel like it was just there with you!

Gorgeous!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

Gorgeous shots! I so wish I could have tagged along :)

Romi said...

Beautiful photos!

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