Second largest city in Morocco, Fez will surprise you with a rich culture and character. Dubbed the “Mecca of the West”, you will experience an array of culture coming from the Arabs, the Tunisians and the Andalusians.

Accessible via bus or train, Fez is 7h30m and 206 Dirhams from Marrakesh (ONCF); or 4h15m and 175 Dh from Chefchaouen (CTM).

 

What to see and photograph in Fez

 

1-Medina Fes El Bali

Definitely, the number one place to visit while you are in Fez, is the old medina.

Fes El Bali is since 1981, a World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest car-free area.

It has been founded between 789 and 808 AD.

panoramic view fez rooftop

Panoramic View of Fez

Inside the medina, you will get lost! But the good sense of the term. Between historical monument, architecture and souks.

We spent an entire day walking inside the Medina and thank god, a friend of us was local so she knew the place a bit.

At this point, I had my NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 on my body, and I can’t recommend enough for you to take your sharpest lens, with the lowest aperture, to add some blur on your photos to create a sense of depth.

 

 

2-University of Al Quaraouiyine
University of Al Quaraouiyine fez

University of Al Quaraouiyine

Inside the old medina, you will find what is believed to be the oldest University, still active, in the world.

The University of Al Qarawiyyin, founded in 859 is concentrated to Islamic religious and legal science.

Students are aged between 13 and 30 and study towards high school diploma. The prospects students must be Muslim and been able to memorise the Qur’an in full!

As well as a renowned university, Al Quaraouiyine is a mosque. The largest in Africa, able to contain 22000 worshipers.

As most mosque in Morocco, only Muslims are allowed to enter. So here are few shots from my friend Fatima.

University of Al Quaraouiyine fes

University of Al Quaraouiyine

University of Al Quaraouiyine

University of Al Quaraouiyine

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-Zaouia Moulay Idriss II

The Zaouia house the body of Moulay Idriss II, founder of the city of Fez and who ruled between 807 and 828.

His body or what is believed to be his body. In 1308, so 5 centuries after his death, a body is found and the people believe it to be the one of the deceased emir. Originally built in 1440, the building was rebuilt almost entirely in the XVIII century.

It is today, considered to be the holiest place in Fez.

 

4-Bou Inania Madrasa
Bou Inania Madrasa B&W fes morocco

Bou Inania Madrasa B&W

A madrasa in Arabic is an educational institution, religious or not.

In this case, the Bou Inania served as a mosque. It was founded between 1351-56 AD and quickly became one of the most important religious institutions in Fez and Morocco. The monument has been renovated during the XVIII  since then.

It is one of a few mosque in Morocco open to non-Islamic people.

Bou Inania Madrasa fes morocco

Bou Inania Madrasa

Bou Inania Madrasa fez morocco

Bou Inania Madrasa

Bou Inania Madrasa architecture

Bou Inania Madrasa architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5- Leather tanning

Ever wonder how leather is clean, dyed and dried? The answer is at this tanning.  Some of them are as old as 1000 years old and the process hasn’t changed since. All manually. The hides from cows, camels, sheep and camels are used here.

The tanners use cow urine and pigeon poo to clean the leather! Yes, veridic. Thus a HORRIBLE smell.

If you want to visit, ask a salesman in a leather shop for a tour and they will provide you with springs of mint to overcome the smell.

Leather tanning in fez morocco

Leather tanning

 

6- Jnan sbil garden

After a day in a frenzy Fez, I couldn’t recommend enough to visit the Jnan Sbil Garden. It will give you a good breath of fresh air, much needed after visiting the leather tannery, trust me!

And gardens are a great opportunity to get into macro photography. It also gives you an environment to be super creative> and that’s what I love about gardens. Playing with the colours, the light, the composition, the depth of field.

Jnan Sbil Garden fez maroc

Jnan Sbil Garden

Jnan Sbil Garden fez morocco

Plant at Jnan Sbil Garden

 

 

Final word

And that ends my journey through Morocco.

I hope you enjoyed viewing the blog, the pictures as much as I enjoyed making them.

I hope I inspired you making a visit to Morocco, with your camera! A country with a deep traditional history and culture, a great architecture, beautiful people, an attractive weather all year long, and a cheap destination.

I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Please do like, comment or share any content if that inspire you. It’s always appreciative to hear or see your work being appreciated.

 

Peace,

Antoine

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