FEZ : The imperial city
We propose to our conference participants a cultural trip over 1000 years human history
The imperial city is the capital of traditional Moroccan culture. Cradle of knowledge, for which its superb medersas are a flamboyant symbol.
A medersa is a school where the Koran is taught along with all the classic subject of learning: mathematics, grammar, history, astronomy, medicine… In Morocco, and especially in Fès, medersas have the important role of integrating students from other regions. Generally they are built around a central courtyard with a fountain. Classes are held under the sumptuous arcades bordering it.
The Karaouiyine mosque is one of the most imposing in Morocco. It houses a university which is thought to be the oldest in the world and which was founded in the middle of the 9th century at a time when theology, grammar and Koranic law were the basic subjects taught. The El-Attarine medersa, situated opposite it, is considered to be the most beautiful in the medina.
Stunning monument of the city of Fez Al Karaouine Mosque is one of the largest and best known of Morocco. From X to XII th century, it became one of the first universities in the world and is considered the oldest university in the world still in operation. At first, this mosque was only one role, religious and thereafter, certainly during the reign of Mérinides, it became a university that is recognized around the world for the quality of its teaching and its teachers.
Madrasah Bou Inania is a Koranic school in Fez, many boarding schools built at the initiative of the Merinids. Madrasah Bou-Inania, dating from the fourteenth century, is the largest and most beautiful of the city with its minaret that dominates all others.
Like the Andalusian Mosque, the Madrasah Attarine is an architectural jewel of the city of Fez. Built between 1323 and 1325 during the reign of Sultan Merinid Abu Said Uthman, the Attarine madrasa was used for the original hosting for students of the University Karaouiyne. Located in the district of Fez Attarine, this madrasah today remains a sacred place but is also a tourist must. And because the madrasa Attarine is a beautiful building, decorated with marble, zelliges and subtly carved cedar wood.
The museum Nejjarine
The museum Nejjarine Fes is the first private museum specializing in the arts and crafts of wood in Morocco. Located on a site of nearly 300 years, it offers a singular view of the expertise and dexterity of Moroccan artisans and masters works.
The Museum of Arms - Borj Nord
The Borj North museum of weapons faced his twin South of the city. Built in 1852 by Saadian Ahmed el Mansour, the building now houses a military museum.Swords of all ages and from all countries, muskets, batteries flintlock, percussion rifles, muskets ... even the museum presents numerous prehistoric finds
The museum Dar BATHA
Heart of the medina, opposite the beautiful Bou Inania madrasah. Before becoming a museum in 1915, the building was a beautiful palace of Arab-Andalusian style, built by Moulay el Hassan in the late nineteenth century.This museum full of treasures reflecting the traditional art of Fez and its region. On the menu: carved wood, embroidery, zellige, wrought iron, jewelry, coins, carpets ... The wealth of Fassi craft is striking! These are many collections of Dar Batha Museum one of the most interesting Moroccan museums. A must if you go through during your stay Fez.