Thursday 13 July 2023

Ancient Volubilis

Located in Morocco situated near the city of Meknes that may have been the capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania, at least from the time of King Juba II. Before Volubilis, the capital of the kingdom may have been at Gilda.

It was declared s a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, Volubilis is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a town with many different cultural influences — spanning from High Antiquity to Islamic times. 

African and Christian influences are also visible in the construction and architectural ornamentation that make up the ancient town. Only about half of Volubilis has been excavated, including a number of prominent public buildings and many private ones. The site includes the mansions of the city’s elite, which contain a number of gorgeous, well-preserved mosaics. These ruins can be easily reached as a day trip from either Meknes or Fez. No buses stop at the site, so you will need to rent a car or hire a taxi to take you there — and pay them to wait. The entrance fee is around $3.

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