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Ait-Ben-Haddou in Ouarzazate province, is a splendid example of the architecture of southern Morocco. 4. Meknes Meknes Historic Center is a perfect testimony of a principal city of the seventeenth century Maghreb, where the fusion of Islamic and European styles are still visible today. It was founded, also the Almoravids in the eleventh century and originally consisted solely of a military settlement. Under the Sultan Moulay Ismail (1672-1727), founder of the Alawite dynasty, became a capital. During the reign of Sultan was converted into a city of Hispanic-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls and large doors. 5.

Archaeological Site of Volubilis Volubilis is an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the empire. It was founded in the third century C. and became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and the capital of Mauritania. As such, it was graceful and magnificent as many Romanesque buildings. It also became the capital of Idris I, founder of the dynasty Idris, for a short period. 6. Medina of Tetouan (formerly know as Titawin) As the primary point of contact between Morocco and Andalusia, Tetuan had was especially important during the Islamic period, from the eighth century onwards. After the Reconquista of the Peninsula Iberian, the city was rebuilt by Andalusian refugees, whose work is a clear sign of the influence of Andalusian and exhibits all the characteristics of the high culture of Andalusia.

The Medina of Tetouan, despite being the smallest of Morocco, has remained untouched by subsequent outside influences and is undoubtedly the most complete of all Moroccan medina. 7. Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador) Essaouira was designed by a French architect deeply influenced by the work of Vauban at Saint-Malo is a remarkable example of fortified town of the late eighteenth century, constructed in accordance with the principles of European military architecture in the context of contemporary North Africa. 8. Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida) The Portuguese fortification of Mazagan, now part of the city of El Jadida and one of the first settlements of Portuguese explorers in West Africa en route to India, was built as a fortified colony in early XVI century. It was taken by Moroccans in 1769. The fortress, with its bastions and ramparts is an example of military design from the early Renaissance. They have survived several notable buildings Portuguese Portuguese period, such as the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, built in Gothic style of the early Manueline XVI. 9. The Cultural Space of Jemaa el-Fna in Marrakech's Jemaa el Fna in Marrakech is a very special place and is considered by UNESCO as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by representing a unique concentration of Moroccan cultural traditions represented by expressions musical, religious and artistic. These words spoken have been continually renewed by bards (imayazen), who used to travel through Berber territories. Today continue to combine speech and gestures to teach, entertain and captivate the audience. So if you are planning to visit Morocco, do not miss these spectacular World Heritage sites of UNESCO. They can stay in one of the fantastic, or in a typical and a. Come to Morocco and enjoy the culture, history and architecture of this wonderful and fascinating country.