Fez is located between the fertile land of Saiss and the forests of Middle Atlas. Fez is the oldest of the imperial cities; it is both the spirit of Morocco and its spiritual and religious capital. Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Fez is the third largest city in Morocco. It consists of Fez el Bali, the historic heart; Fez el Jadid; the imperial city of Merinid; and, at the southernmost point, the modern neighborhoods developed since the protectorate.
Dar Batha Museum is located in the heart of the medina. Before becoming a museum in 1915, the building was a beautiful palace of Arab-Andalusian style, built by Moulay el Hassan in the late nineteenth century. The palace was built in an old area with irrigated gardens. There is a majestic courtyard covered with polychrome earthenware, a large pond, and a huge and beautiful Andalusian garden.
Around this nice place are the stalls of diamantaires and boilermakers which have been established for centuries. Fes is the first main diamond producer of Morocco.
Legend attributes the founding of the mosque to a pious woman, Mariam el Fihri, sister of the founder of the Qarawiyyine in the Andalusian quarter.
This shrine houses the tomb of king Idriss, who is considered the founder of Fez and is the most revered sanctuary of Morocco. It was built in the center of the city under the reign of Moulay Ismail at the beginning of the 18th century.
Qarawiyyine is one of the oldest and most famous mosques in the Western Muslim world. It's the first Moroccan university frequented by famous scholars such as Ibn Khaldoun.
Often placed nearby streams and generally away from residential areas because of the pestilential odors that emerge, the tanneries, which are still in use today, are a unique sight that allow tourists a glimpse of the past.
Bab Boujloud is a beautiful blue gate which leads into Fez el Bali (Old Fez). The gate was built in 13th century by Almoahad dynasty and renovated 100 years ago in 1913.