Travel to Fes, Morocco
The Holy City of Fez is a jewel of Spanish-Arabic civilization. Fez does not reveal its secrets easily. Secretive, shadowy, they need to be discovered little by little, with reverence. Only in this way can the splendors of Medrsa architecture be fully appreciated. Only in this way will the call of the medina tempt you. Bustling with artisans and merchants, its captivating sounds, fragrances and colors mesmerize the visitor with a constant swirl of activity. The city of Moulay Idriss 1st, sanctuary of human and moral sciences.
The great À Karaouiyne University bas for eleven centuries been a religions and intellectual center whose influence bas spread far beyond the Kingdom's boundaries. In 789, a pick-axe of silver and gold -"fas" in Arabic - was presented to Idriss 1st to use in tracing the outlines of the city. Hence the name of the city, which lies at the far eastern end of the plain of Saïss, bordered to the south by the hills outlying the Atlas Mountains. Cradle of religions, cultural and artistic traditions, Fes, the double city, is the kingdom's spiritual capital. The Andalusia mosque, dating from the 9th century, and further embellished by successive rulers, is accessed through a mighty door of sculpted cedar. An imposing minaret decorated with green faiences crowns the Rsif Mosque. The Medersas around the Karaouiyne Mosque, former lodging houses for students coming from outside the city, attest the importance of its thousand years of history. In the Medina, a labyrinth of sloping, winding alleyways are crammed full of stalls and workshops. This is the famed Kissaria -the commercial center. A multitude of locally produced goods are on sale in this incredible maze-cotton fabric, silk, brocade work, slippers, and many more.
The craftsmen of the El Attarine souks offer the visitor a non-stop spectacle. For hundreds of years such work bas been regulated by traditional guilds, ensuring that its quality is worthy of the city. Each district has its own specialty : cobalt blue enameled pottery, carpets, wrought iron ... one looks on as the dyer stirs his yarns, steeped in their multitude of colors, as the tanner tramples his skins under an open sky -skins that the leather-worker will eventually adorn with fine gilt for book-binding . Leaving the souks through the Boujeloud gate with its decoration of green and blue faiences, the riches contained in the wonderful Museum of Moroccan Art await one. And the last marvel of all -the Jamaî Palace, transformed in 1930 into a luxury hotel, an incomparably elegant structure renowned for the quality of its cuisine.
La Maison Bleue, for those seeking an authentic Moorish residence in the center of the ancient city, La Maison Bleue is unbeatable. Owned and managed by the Abbadi family who originate from Andalusia and still live in a part of the original house. Mainly decorated in blue zellij (mosaic) and finely decorated plaster walls and featuring some wonderful original cedar doors and stained glass windows. There are 3 resplendent suites each with large double bed, en suite bathroom, television and telephone. Other features of La Maison Bleue include a delightful atrium; a reading room and a rooftop terrace with superb views of the entire medina. An unforgettable experience of warm hospitality in typical Moroccan style
located in the heart of the medina . A long corridor leads to an atrium surrounded by three main salons. On the 1st and 2nd floor are 6 royal suites equipped with television ,air conditioning and a telephone . At La Maison Bleue you will be, first and foremost, the guests of a prominent Fassi family in their own home. As soon as you cross the threshold you will feel as though you've stepped back in time. After walking down a long corridor, you will pass through a door opening magically into a sumptuous atrium decorated with carved cedar and plaster, traditional zellij mosaic, and stained glass windows. You will be greeted by a caring and courteous staff dressed in traditional costume. The Gnouas musicians play traditional instruments such as the oud (or lute). Enjoy the unique library; where you will find the spiritual. scientific, and philosophical works of the late head of the family, the great jurist and astrologer Si Mohammed El Abbadi. A few steps higher, and you will find yourself on the rooftop terrace, where you can admire the view of the entire medina. Our menu includes salads and appetizers chicken ,beef and lamb tajines, pastilla with milk and almonds, and oranges with cinnamon and orange flower water. It was built as a family palace in 1915 by Sidi Mohammed El Abbadi , a famous judge and astrologer of the times . its location near Bab Boujould Is ideal, providing you easy walking access to all the monuments of Fes el jedid and Fes el bali Palais Jamai
alais Jamai is surrounded by a
magnificent Andalucian garden bordering the medina of Fes which it
dominates. An authentic princely palace built in 1879 year of the hegira
and it offers peace and dream in a luxurious and refined place. Property Summary
This old XVIth century fortress close to the
ramparts remains true to its military tradition since it has been transformed
into the Weapons Museum. The collections have been built up mainly as a result
of royal donations and include a number of rare pieces.
Live the golden age of weaponry: everything is
on display here, from the pre-historic axe to the modern rifle. And every civilization
is represented: Indian, European or Asiatic. However, the finest exhibits are
undoubtedly Moroccan: the daggers encrusted with stones or the rifles with their
inlaid butts - and there can be no question as to the most imposing piece of all
- its size and weight speak volumes!
Dar Batha Museum
This Hispano-Moorish palace dating from the end of the XIXth century houses some admirable collections of traditional art from Fez. Sculpted wood, wrought iron, sculpted plaster or decorative materials that are in fact works of art in their own right. Embroidery, carpets, jeweler and coins compete with one another to attract the visitor's attention.
museum's centerpiece is to be found in the pottery room. The most beautiful of
all Moroccan ceramic objects were made by Fez craftsmen. Specialists in this
technique since the Xth century, they invented the famous "fez blue"
obtained by the use of cobalt. On a background of white enamel or highlighted in
color, the stylized floral motifs interweave in a manner that is as
sophisticated as it is harmonious.