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West of Fes located an other Imperial city of Morocco, Meknes it is a thousand-years old destination.The first settled here were the Berber tribe in the 10th century and around the 17th century Meknes started getting some more respect as an Imperial city when the Alawite dynasty established the country's capital under the power of Moulay Ismail. In 1755 Lisbon's huge earthquake gave Meknes a strong shake and many of its monuments were for ever lost.
Not far from Meknes is the site of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, the UNESCO heritage of Volubilis was setteld by traders arround the 3rd century and stands for one of the Roman Empire's most remote outposts. Quickly the Roman Empire gained its deserved fame for the 20.000 habitant's commercial outpost. Volubilis was inhabited until the end of the 18th century when the catastrophic earthquake of Lisbon (Portugal) destroyed the town and its marble was taken for Palaces building in Meknes.
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