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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco

Morocco is home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, an amazing appearing. Morocco Unesco Heritage Sites are chosen on the basis of having social, scientific, historical or some other type of significance, and they are legitimately secured by global treaties. These sites are viewed as being a remarkable piece of the collective interests of global humanity. To be a listed nation on the Unesco should first check out all their natural and ethical properties that are put to the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the World Conservation Union who settle on an official conclusion. Since the beginning of the program in 1972, 192 states parties have confirmed the convention. In July of 2016, 1052 sites are listed: 203 natural, 35 mixed properties and 814 cultural ones.

Morocco’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

1. Medina of Fes

Here, among the places to visit in Morocco, in the core of Fez, the smells and sounds fill the air. The Medina is a location for mosques, fondouks and fountains and the home to the oldest university in the world. It is additionally the home to a high concentration of mosaic displays and fine artisanal work, with the Medina echoing the Mediterranean impacts of that period.
The unlimited narrow roads and the tall buildings, the uncover market areas; the old town “Medina” of Fes hasn’t changed since hundreds of years. It’s likely to see donkeys being led through the alleys. Hence because of this authenticity the Medina of Fes has been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Actually the first one in 1981.

2. Medina of Marrakech

Marrakech a standout amongst the most well-known urban communities in Morocco and has one of the most dynamic medinas. Tourists and local people alike gather in Jemaa el-Fna square to taste the food and watch the charmers.
By chance you can make your way to the Ben Youssef Madrasa, it’s a beautiful building from inside. Along the edges of the Marrakech medina El Badii Palace and Bahia Palace, both magnificent sites that demonstrate the wealth of the city. This city is highly recommended among the places to visit in Morocco.

3. Archaeological Site of Volubilis

Hundreds of years before any of the other Morocco Unesco Heritage Sites had been constructed, Volubulis was a big and prosperous settlement that was constructed by the Romans two thousand years back as a station in North Africa. The fertile surroundings were ideal for agribusiness, and the city flourished and was expanded several times. It has been also the home to many civilizations including Christian, Arabo Islamic, Roman, Berber and Mauritanian… Now it’s in ruins, but still the impressive Roman ruins which stands amid the fertile zone is the UNESCO World Heritage since 1997. With the design and layout which reveals the myriad of cultural influences and styles to explore both history and modern-day culture.

4. Historic City of Meknes

The historic city of Meknes is viewed as one of the Maghreb’s finest examples of a fortified town, influenced distinctively by its 15m high defenses which enclose the old city. It’s all about the landmarks, this is the city where the legendary Moulay Ismail constructed his capital in the 17th century. The Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail is just amazing and the colossal granaries and stables on the edge of town indicate how wealthy Meknes used to be. Inscribed by UNESCO in 1996, the “imperial city” remains separated from the Medina by its long hallways with towering walls, while the notable landmarks, fountains still represent its design in the seventeenth century till nowadays.

5. El Jadida (Portuguese city of Mazagan)

Heading south down Morocco’s coast, you get to El Jadida; an outcrop by the ocean is the old fortress of Mazagan, one of the finest Morocco Unesco Heritage Sites. The Medina is small compared to the other walled cities, it might take only 30 minutes to walk through. However there’s no denying how successful it was; resembling the early military design as a station in the exchanging route down the west coast of Africa. The high walls like cliffs on the coastline with incredible views over the ocean are sure to impress.

6. Medina of Essaouira  (formerly Mogador)

Another exquisite city among the best places to visit in Morocco, the medina of Essaouira one of Morocco’s most scenic medinas can be found in Morocco. It was constructed taking influence from the contemporary European military architecture. It was highly an essential port town, once being the significant worldwide seaport which connected Morocco to Europe and the rest of the world. The protected defenses and its exotic European influences in North African made the Medina the ideal candidate for UNESCO and was listed on the World Heritage list in 2001. outside the walls of the old port, a spectrum of blue — the sky, the ocean, the painted boats and even the fishermen’s nets are painted in blue. Also the extending shoreline is famous with visitors. In the warmer months, you’ll see surfers out on the water and camels on the sand.

7. The capital, Rabat

Morocco’s capital, Rabat, stands differently to the old part of the city. While this latter date back to the 12th Century, the modern part developed in the 20th century. Today, this modern city of Rabat is even considered by UNESCO to be one of the “… biggest and most ambitious present-day urban projects built in Africa” with wide boulevards keep running between broad government properties. The old fortress of Chellah on the edge of town is superb, even if it’s in ruins; an incredible Morocco Unesco Heritage Sites. The Hassan Mosque appears also in ruins, however it is actually incompleted with a lonely tower. The kasbah by the ocean at dusk is also a highlight.

8. Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou

Another fascinating Morocco Unesco Heritage Sites- the term “Ksar” refers to a building or group of buildings congregate together with defensive walls. The ksar was added to UNESCO’s list in 1987 and was basically chosen because of the construction remaining to preserve the authenticity of its architecture which in fact wet clay mixed with straw. In addition it’s the home to many filmed Hollywood movies. To explore the castle very well, you should climb the old stairs inside to the top; you’ll find shops, small houses inside this earthen citadel.