Friday, September 1, 2017

A Day in Fes - 1

 Fes, the former capital of Morocco, was founded in 789 A.D. and is for the most part, largely unchanged since it's medieval origins. The city has 2 old medina quarters, the larger of which is Fes el Bali. It is listed as a World heritage Site and is believed to be one of the world's  largest urban pedestrian zone.


The entrance to Fes Palais Royale is a stunning example of modern restoration, the 80 hectares of palace grounds are not open to the public. Brass doors surrounded by fine zellij and carved cedar wood. The entrance faces onto Pl des Alaouites.
 The round pieces are Moroccan pottery.


 Pl des Alaouites, lined with lemon trees and eucalyptus, which are common to Morocco.
The palace is adjacent to the Jewish quarter.

The Government Donkey and Mule hospital.
If your animal is sick the government gives free treatment.
One of the Medina Gates.
The Medina is divided into different parts, known as souqs, each specialising in a different craft, skill or trade. The streets are crowded with stalls and workshops where you can watch the artisans at work, here you can put your bargaining skills to the test.





 Leather goods, textiles, yarns and carpets etc are sold along with Moroccan pots, metal ware, jewellery, foodstuffs, henna.......












 Metal ware shop.


 We watched a man  making a brass tea tray.



 On many of the doors there are 2 knockers. The top one is if you are riding a donkey, the bottom one if you are standing at the door.
 Visited the tannery, luckily there was no smell, Saturday will be busy as the sheep are slaughtered for the holiday tomorrow. We were still given sprigs of mint to hold against our noses for the slight smell

 Handmade leather shoes and handbags.



8 comments:

  1. Love the fantastic geometrical shapes used as decorations.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your visit to the Medina. I could really get a sense of contrast between the bright sunlight and deep shade in the narrow laneways.

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  3. All the decoration is a visual feast.

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  4. Delightful details and so different from what you saw in France.

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  5. All the colours and patterns are stunning.

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  6. Their tiles and pottery are so beautiful. So much to see!

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  7. So much inspiration in the architecture and the tiling. A real feast for the eyes.

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  8. The tiles and trimmings could inspire a lot of quilting designs....

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