Fez, the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities is considered by many historians as a “city museum” and is also known by many as the “Athens of Africa”. It is still the largest continuous car-free urban area in the world.

Today much can be learnt from exploring this magical Moroccan city: culture, history and art are evident in all directions. The old walled Medina (the Arabic word for city) is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1981. Within its 10,000 alleyways lie hidden treasures, including the University of al-Qarawiyyin which was founded in 859 AD and continues to be the oldest operating university in the world.

Engraved copper, brass, gold and silver, Moroccan tiles (Zelige), silk weaving, pottery, embroidery and many more hand crafts are practiced in small workshops using the same traditional tools that these Fassi artists inherited from their ancestors.

So take a trip back in time in this medieval city; you may just learn something about the future.

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