Meknes, the ´City of the Hundred Minarets´, is located in northern Morocco, on the verge of the Atlas Mountains, between Fez and Rabat. The original community from which Meknes can be traced was an 8th century Kasbah. The Berber tribe of Miknasa settled here in the 9th century and gave the city its name. Meknes became one on the four imperial cities, and the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail between 1672 and 1727.
Nowadays Meknes is more of an agricultural centre with a population of a little more than half a million. In the old medina of Meknes (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), one can find a beautiful Koran school from the 14th century, grand mosques, busy souqs, and an endless list of skillful craftsmanship. The El-Hdim Square is one of Meknes´ highlights where musicians, story tellers, physicians of traditional medicine, and snake charmers entertain locals as well as visitors. The square is also well worth a visit - here you can enjoy a fresh mint tea on one of its terraces after walking the labyrinth streets of the medina. Meknes is less of a tourist spot than its sister cities, and as such is a bit of a hidden jewel in Morocco.
The school facilities are located in a beautiful former palace, with colorful mosaic covering its walls. There are countless different opportunities to experience the local culture, providing you with valuable insights into daily life in Morocco, as well of course as prime opportunities to practice your Arabic.
Foundation: eighth century
Climate: Cool winters, hot summers
GMT Offset: GMT +0 hours
To do and see: Volubilis, Bab Mansour gate, Dar El Makhzen palace,
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