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Fez, imperial city of Morocco

Our tour by train of Morocco started in Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities, located in the northern part of the country.

Fez was founded in 789 by Idris I; he reunited the Berber tribes of the area and established here his kingdom that prospered until his death.

In the ninth century, waves of immigrants from Spain (mainly Muslim families fleeing following the Catholic Reconquest) and from Tunisia brought new wealth to the city that became increasingly rich and flourishing. The Al-Karouine University, one of the largest and oldest in the world, was founded in this period. And the city continued to develop: in the eleventh century it had a cosmopolitan population of over 500,000 inhabitants, including Moors, Berbers, Jews, Turks and Christians.

Nowadays Fez is divided into three distinct parts even though most tourists are limited to visit Fes-el-Bali (or the old Fez). This heavily populated medieval city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a wonderfully well preserved…

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