Fez, Morocco

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Fas / ⴼⴰⵙ / فاس

View on the old medina of Fes
View on the old medina of Fes
Country Morocco
Founded byIdrisid dynasty
 • MayorHamid Chabat
 • GovernorMohamed Rerrhabi
1,258.9 ft (383.7 m)
 • Total1,044,376

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".[2]

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 | change source]

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 | change source]

International relations[change | change source]

Twin towns — Sister cities[change | change source]

Fez is twinned with:

Partnerships[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Morocco 2004 Census
  2. "History of Fes". Archived from the original on 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  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). Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  5. "Acordos de Geminação" (in Portuguese). © 2009 Câmara Municipal de Coimbra – Praça 8 de Maio – 3000-300 Coimbra. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  6. "Kraków otwarty na świat". www.krakow.pl. Retrieved 2009-07-19.