Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknes became a capital under Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672–1727), the founder of the Alawite dynasty. The sultan turned it into a impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls with great doors, where the harmonious blending of the Islamic and European styles of the 17th century Maghreb are still evident today.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|Prison de Kara||2020||1km||site_ao|
|Royal Stables of Meknes||2020||0.4km||site_ao|
|Morocco’s First Museum||2018||56.6km||site_ao|
|Ibn Danan Synagogue||2018||55.5km||site_ao|
|The Fez Mellah||2018||55.5km||site_ao|
|Borj Nord Arms Museum||2018||56.7km||site_ao|
|Faculté des Sciences Dhar El Mehraz||56.1km||site_brutalism|
|Sidi Harazem Thermal Bath Complex||64.3km||site_brutalism|
|Archaeological Site of Volubilis||1997||21.2km||site_whs|
|Medina of Fez||1981||57.1km||site_whs|
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