Meknes is the monumental city of the four kings' towns of Morocco whose impressive gates and powerful walls surround the old town of Medina.
The 20 kilometre long town wall is one the oldest relicts of the former sovereign of the Alaouits, Sultan Moulay Ismaíl, who was prone to larger-than-life ideals. Also, the great silo of the Heri and Dar El-Ma's building dates back to this time, the end of the 17th century. It was designed to guarantee an adequate supply of food for the 150,000 men of the sultan’s army.
In the midst of the historic commercial district is one of the city’s oldest buildings, the Medersa Bou Inania. The beautiful decor of its inner courtyard and walls fascinates with its overwhelming number of unusual artistic Majolika designs.
Not far away from the Medersa Bou Inania there is a further significant building, the Great Mosque.
There is much activity in the main streets and on the squares of Meknes and the beautiful Bab Mansour Gate particularly attracts droves of visitors each day.
Even today, the monumental architecture of Meknes holds great importance for this royal city.
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