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The Roman ruins of Volubilis, Morocco | Destination Highlights

We were eager to see these Roman ruins in Morocco…Volubilis is a partly excavated Berber and Roman city in north/central Morocco situated near Meknes between Fes and Rabat and commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania.

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The ruins remained fairly intact until they were devastated by an earthquake in the mid-18oos and were then looted by Moroccan rulers seeking stone for building Meknes. It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that the site was definitively identified as that of the ancient city of Volubilis.

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During and after the period of French rule over Morocco, about half of the site was excavated, revealing many fine mosaics, and some of the more prominent public buildings and high-status houses were restored or reconstructed. They are absolutely breathtaking and in such pristine condition.

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Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed for being “an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire”. It is DEFINITELY worth a few hours to wander and the local guide who took us around was filled with so much knowledge.

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201505_Morocco_2-0108 201505_Morocco_2-0113 201505_Morocco_2-0120 201505_Morocco_2-0126 201505_Morocco_2-0128Whether you are on one of our Travel Experiences, Road Trips or if you want to take a Day Trip from Fes, visiting Volubilis is a must for history lovers and art lovers alike!

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