Fez, Morocco

city in Morocco

Fes or Fez is the second largest city of Morocco. About 1 million people lived there in 2010. It is the capital of the Fès-Boulemane region. The city has been called the "Mecca of the West" and the "Athens of Africa".[3]

Fas / ⴼⴰⵙ / فاس
View on the old medina of Fes
View on the old medina of Fes
Coordinates: 34°2′N 5°0′W / 34.033°N 5.000°W / 34.033; -5.000Coordinates: 34°2′N 5°0′W / 34.033°N 5.000°W / 34.033; -5.000
Founded byIdrisid dynasty
 • MayorHamid Chabat
 • GovernorMohamed Rerrhabi
1,258.9 ft (383.7 m)
 • Total1,044,376
Official nameMedina of Fez
Criteriaiii, iv
Reference no.[2]
State PartyMorocco
RegionArab States

Fez is the former capital. It is one of the country's four "imperial cities". The others are Rabat, Marrakech and Meknes.

"Fas el Bali", one part of the city, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fes has a football team, MAS Fez. They play in the Botola the highest tier of the Moroccan football system. They play their home matches at the 45,000 seat Complexe Sportif de Fès stadium.

Main sightsEdit

Fez is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. Many non-Moroccans are now restoring traditional houses (riads and dars) as second homes in the Fez medina. The most important monuments in the city are:

Notable residentsEdit

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Fez is twinned with:



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  4. Author of 'Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez'. (Serif, London, 2003). ISBN 1-897959-43-5
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