Archaeological Site of Volubilis

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Archaeological Site of Volubilis Meknes Reviews

sarahsan sarahsan
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The Roman ruins of Volubilis Apr 26, 2011
The ancient site of Volubilis is located 31 km/19 miles from Meknés and 5 km/3 miles from Moulay Idriss. It is the best preserved archaeological site in Morocco and was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997.

Volubilis was settled and began to prosper from the 3rd century BC to 40 AD, under the Mauritanian kings. It was at its peak in the 2nd and 3rd century AD. The city was raised to the status of municipia (free town) in 45 AD. After Rome withdrew from Mauritania in the 3rd century, the city declined. Volubilis was inhabitated by Christians, but was Islamicized when Idriss I arrived in 788.

The site was known from the 18th century, but it was not until late 19th century it was first investigated. Excavations started in 1915 and have been continued since.

Volubilis is easy to explore. You are much better off on your own with a good guidebook. Forget about hiring one of the official guides who are hanging out by the entrance. We did our visit with one of them, I wish we hadn´t. They give you a tour and a talk of the ruins in 60 minutes. You are rushed through the site and it doesn´t give you time to take photos and to take in the marvel of this ancient city. Our guide was also quite rude. I just wish the site had had more signs.

The highlights are the Triumphal Arch of Caracalla, the Basilica and the Capitol as well as remains of Roman houses and beautiful mosaics.

I can highly recommend a visit to Volubilis, but my advice is that you do it on your own.

Opening hours are:

Daily from 8 am – one hour before sunset.

Entrance is Dh 20

There is a small café on the site.
The Basilica
The Basilica
The Basilica
The Basilica
6 / 6 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
sarahsan says:
Thanks Alyssa! The ruins are close to a small town, but you need a car or join a tour to get there. It´s worth the trip though!
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012
alyssa_ob says:
Great review! Very informative! The ruins seem so out of place (and out in the middle of nowhere).
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012
sarahsan says:
Yes, Hector! I will soon need to add another room to my house! Lol!
Posted on: May 31, 2011
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yarasil yarasil
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Volubilis, ruins of a Roman town in Morocco Mar 12, 2009
Volubilis, the ruins of a Roman town, is located north of Meknes and west of Fez and has been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

We made a stop here on our way from Meknes to Fez, taking an hour or so to walk through the ruins with a tour guide hired by our our tour leader. Though you can walk through the ruins on your own it is worth going with a guide. Our guide showed us how the town was operated, the architecture, agriculture, olive oil production, politics etc.

This historical site gives visitors a look into life in a Roman town. Besides getting to see the layout of the town and the buildings within, there are also quite a few beautiful mosaics to be seen in various locations around the town.

It is worth a drive out to the site if you are visiting Meknes or Fez.
Volubilis: the view from the main …
3 / 3 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
sylviandavid says:
Great that it's a world heritage site...
Posted on: Jan 22, 2010

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