Via Volubilis and Moulay Idriss
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Today a very kind taxi driver picked us up near the riad and drove us out of Meknes into the Moroccan countryside. First destination was the former roman city Volubilis. You can call it a small classic ruined roman town of which, luckily, there are more in the countries spread around the Meditterranean. Strange that the Romans must have had quite an empire from beyond Palmyra in nowadays Syria (see my Syria blog) to far into Morocco.
Probably Volubilis was already inhabited before the Romans came (Carthago?), it certainly was long after the Romans left. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Volubilis has quite a few well kept mosaics. Just walk along the decumanus maximus and feel the nice atmosphere around. To my opinion the most impressive buildings are the ruins of the Basilica and Capitol and the robuste gate.
From the ruins of Volubilis you have a fine view on the town of Moulay Idriss. The sultan who gave his name to the place (and who founded the city of Fes) is burried here, therefore it is a place of pilgrimage for the Moroccan people. The shrine and mosques are forbidden for tourists, but the town can be visited although not really a touristic highlight...
From here it is a short drive to the beautiful city Fes.