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The city has 2 different faces: Fès-el-Jedid and Fès-el-Bali.

Fès-el-Bali
The alleys are filled with small restaurants, bars and shops, with markets for meat, vegetables and fruit, with wells and mosques. There is something for everyone.
The streets are extremely steep and prohibited for automobiles. All freight is carried on donkeys or on the back. You can ensure that you do not get lost by keeping in mind the two major roads running through the city – the Et-Talaa ek-kebir and the Et-Talaa es-seghir. The shops are still grouped together according to their trades, in the same way as during the Middle Ages.

The Andalou quarter
The mosques of Andalou were established by a woman during the same period as the mosque of Qaraouiyne. The minaret is identical to that of its rival. The architecture of the médersa es-Sahriji, which was established in 1321, is simple – but it has a richly decorated interior.
(Open, except on Friday morning, from 08h30 to 12h00 and from 15h00 to 18h00. An entry fee is charged.)

Qaraouiyne mosque
Unfortunately, entry is prohibited for non-Muslims. Built in the 9th century – by a woman from Kairouan - this mosque was enlarged in the 12th century by sultan Ali Ben Youssef. It is one of the largest in North Africa. The courtyard is visible from the entrance. The mosque houses a famous university of theology, which is equal in importance to the el-Hazar in Cairo. Since the 10th century, the library, which has more than 30,000 books, has been visited by major Islam specialists. More than 300 students live there.

Fès-el-Jedid
Built on the sides of Fès-el-Bali in the 13th century, this building has a striking architecture.

Mellah
This former Jewish quarter is now largely inhabited by Muslims. This residential area has strikingly beautiful decorated wooden balconies. The Jewish women spent less time inside their homes than their Muslim compatriots.

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