Moroccan Moments

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The Roman Ruins at Volubilis.



The High Atlas Mountains
The Draa Valley
The Ourika Valley
The Dad├ęs Valley
Moulay Idriss
The Rif Mountains
Volubilis

Roman ruins at Volubilis, Morocco

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Map of the area.

The Romans made their mark on Morocco from around 150 years BC until the Arab conquest in the 7th century.
The city of Volubilis, located approximately 30 Km north of Meknes was at one time the Roman capital of the area known as Mauretania Tingitana and now represents the most extensive Roman ruins in Morocco.
The Romans left the city in the 4th century but it was still lived in until it was abandoned in the 18th century, when much of it was demolished to provide building materials for the places of Moulay Ismail in Meknes.

The site covers approximately 40 Ha (100 acres) in area - small enlough to be quite easy to get around.
Items that can be seen here include some fine and well preserved mosaics (in their original positions)in the ruins of villas that once lined the main street, Decumanus Maximus, a number of old olive presses, public baths, and the Triumphal arch at the western end of the city.

Just 3 Km away from Volubilis is Moulay Idriss, the shrine to the 8th century first Sultan of Morocco.

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