Fes

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Fes
Fas / ⴼⴰⵙ / فاس
Fez
View on the old medina of Fes

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Coordinates: 34°2′N 5°0′W / 34.033°N 5°W / 34.033; -5Coordinates: 34°2′N 5°0′W / 34.033°N 5°W / 34.033; -5
Country  Morocco
Region Fès-Boulemane
Founded 789
Founded by Idrisid dynasty
Government
 • Mayor Hamid Chabat
 • Governor Mohamed Rerrhabi
Elevation 1,258.9 ft (383.7 m)
Population (2004)[1]
 • Total 1,044,376

Fes or Fez is the second largest city of Morocco. There were about 1 million people 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".[2]

Bab Bou Jeloud, "The Blue Gate" of Fez.

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 sights[change | edit source]

The Bou Inania Madrasa built by the Marinid sultan Abu Inan Faris in 1351.

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 residents[change | edit source]

International relations[change | edit source]

Twin towns — Sister cities[change | edit source]

Fez is twinned with:

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References[change | edit source]

  1. Morocco 2004 Census
  2. History of Fes
  3. Author of 'Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez'. (Serif, London, 2003). ISBN 1-897959-43-5
  4. "Sister cities of İzmir (1/7)" (in Turkish). http://www.izmir-yerelgundem21.org.tr/kardes.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  5. "Acordos de Geminação" (in Portuguese). © 2009 Câmara Municipal de Coimbra – Praça 8 de Maio – 3000-300 Coimbra. http://www.cm-coimbra.pt/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=62&Itemid=128. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  6. "Kraków otwarty na świat". www.krakow.pl. http://www.krakow.pl/otwarty_na_swiat/?LANG=UK&MENU=l&TYPE=ART&ART_ID=16. Retrieved 2009-07-19.