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Bled Ahmed Essoussi

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  • Day11

    Volubilis 1

    January 1, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Volubilis is a partly excavated Berber city in Morocco situated near the city of Meknes, and commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. Built in a fertile agricultural area, it developed from the 3rd century BC onward as a Berber, then proto-Carthaginian, settlement before being the capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD onward and expanded to cover about 42 hectares (100 acres) with a 2.6 km (1.6 mi) circuit of walls. The city gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century, including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Its prosperity, which was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors.Read more

  • Day11

    Volubilis 3

    January 1, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    The ruins remained substantially intact until they were devastated by an earthquake in the mid-18th century and subsequently looted by Moroccan rulers seeking stone for building Meknes. It was not until the latter part of the 19th century that the site was definitively identified as that of the ancient city of Volubilis. During and after the period of French rule over Morocco, about half of the site was excavated, revealing many fine mosaics, and some of the more prominent public buildings and high-status houses were restored or reconstructed. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed for being "an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire".Read more

  • Day13

    Volubilis

    April 20, 2014 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Die Ruinen von Volubilis!

    Nach ihrem Sieg über Karthago eroberten die Römer auch das Berberreich Mauretanien. Volubilis war eine der zwei Hauptstädte der neuen Provinz Mauretania Tingitana.

    Volubilis ist wirklich ein idyllischer Ort. Auf den antiken römischen Säulen nisten Störche, es ist Frühling, alles blüht, und unser lokaler Führer macht eine durchaus launige Führung.

    Am Horizont erhebt sich in den Hügeln mit der Silhouette eines Dromedar-Rückens die Stadt Moulay Idriss, ein bedeutendes Wallfahrtsziel in Marokko. Idriss I., der Stadtgründer von Fes, liegt hier begraben, sein Mausoleum bildet das heilige Zentrum der Stadt.
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