By talking about the Imperial Cities of Morocco, we mean the current spiritual Capital of Morocco Fes, Marrakech, Meknes and the administrative capital Rabat.
Marrakech Private Tours is always committed to focussing on bringing the real history of Morocco to the visitor alive through cultural tours designed to meet the clients’ specific travel requirements.
The four Imperial Cities of Morocco are Fes, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat. Fes is called the cultural or spiritual capital of Morocco and has kept, throughout history, its authenticity with its narrow alleyways penetrating the vast old Medina to form a likely unsurmountable maze to first visitors. Fes or Fez was first founded by the Idrisid Dynasty from the beginning of the 9th century to 974 followed by the Merenid Dynasty, known for their architecture especially the tiles and stucco work, from 1244 to 1471. The Watassid Dynasty conquered the Merenids to take the reign over from 1471 to 1554 and finally the Alaouites, the current ruling dynasty, took over from 1662 to this day.
The second oldest Imperial City of Morocco after Fes is Marrakech. Thanks to its magic, beauty, ambiance and unique style of life; Marrakech has been a popular destination worldwide that has attracted celebrities and officials from all over the world. Marrakech was founded by the Berber warrior Youssef Ibn Tachfine, who set up the Almoravid Dynasty and whose main mission is to establish an empire that would stretch from Andalusia to the southern of the Great Sahara. The dream of Youssef Ibn Tachfine came true from 1071 to 1147. The Almoravids were subject to conquer by the Almohads from 1147 to 1244. A dynasty that destroyed most of the Almoravid buildings for the purpose of putting an end to the exitence of the Almoravids. Marrakech was then subject to stagnation for centuries as the capital was moved to Fes; in 1554 the Saadian Dynasty moved the capital back to Marrakech and left some of the most beautiful architectural stamps behind.
Meknes, which is the third Imperial City, was founded by the ambitious Alaouite Sultan Youssef Ibn Tachfine in 1672 whose main aspiration is to establish his capital in a neutral and virgin location to devote himself a place at the Moroccan history. He started with its around 40 kms fortified high walls to protect the city, the Palaces, the Granaries and much more.
Rabat, which is the current administrative capital of Morocco, was first designated as a capital by the Sultan Mohamed Ibn Abdullah in the 18th century. In 1912, Morocco was invaded by the French and the General Lyauty decided to relocate the capital from Fes to Rabat for the purpose of escaping the unstable situation of Fes.
The four imperial cities of Morocco can be visited in a private tour to allow yourself immerse within the mystery of these cities.