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The holiest city in Morocco

by Jorge Sanchez - 7 months, 1 week ago

I traveled to Mulay Idriss by bus from Meknes, what took me about one hour. There was confusion in the bus station and some people told me that I would not be permitted to stay for the night, being christian, because that city is like Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. My intention was not to visit Mulay Idriss but the Roman ruins of Volubilis at 4 kilometers distance from that town. It was already 5PM and I wanted to spend the night near the ruins and to visit them early in the morning. When I reached Mulay Idriss I saw several signs of hotels, even in english, and then I found out that foreigners are allowed to overnight, but not to visit the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss. It was in this hilly village of Moulay Idriss that Idris I of Morocco came in the VIII century and introduced the muslim faith to the country. I did not feel bad for not entering the mausoleum because my goal was Volubilis. I visited the rest of the village, anyway. The village Moulay Idriss looked pretty, it reminded me the hilly and charming towns near Nice, in France, called perched villages of Cote d'Azur. I negotiated a good price for a hotel to spend the night, then left my small bag in my room and walked to the central market to wait until it was the time to eat (it was Ramadan times) and then bought some food (delicious white figs plus orange juice and some sweets) and came back to my room to sleep. The next day, early in the morning, I walked the 4 kilometers to Volubilis.



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