Some of Meknes ancient city curiosities are:
During Moulay Ismail reign Bab Berdaine was the main entrance for all the trade and diplomatic exchanges with foreign countries.
Agdal Basin which is an artificial basin constructed by Sultan Moulay Ismail on 4 hectares square: 148.75 m by 319 m and the average depth is 1.20m.
One of the films “The Temptation of Christ” and “Jesus of Nazareth” were shot in “Greniers Moulay Ismail”. The building was composed of huge vaulted silos, largely converted into shops. It was covered by a terrace supported by huge pillars. The thickness of the walls ensured a constant temperature facilitating the preservation of cereals. Deep wells of several tens of meters provided the necessary water, using a system of Ferris wheels operated by animals. On the terrace, a hanging garden had been built overlooking the Agdal Basin.
The Sultan Moulay Ismail was inducted at the age of 26. It took him about 25 years to establish his authority over the whole country definitively and deal with external threats. He endowed the country with an army of 150,000 men. The sultan was so fascinated by Versailles that he had the taste of the colossal. His stables could hold 12,000 horses. His Harem, The number of his sons made him a fascinating legend and case of study in some European universities.
Bab Al Mansour Laalej was one of the largest gates and the most important in the time of Sultan Moulay Ismail. The Gate was built by a Christian architect “the victorious Renegade” who converted to Islam.
Lahdim Square is located in the center of the ancient city, between the medina, Mellah and the imperial city.
Dar Jamai Museum.Originally it was a palace built in the 19th century under Moorish Andalusian style by the great vizier Jamai . In 1926 it was converted into a museum of Moroccan art. If time allows we will visit it.
Medersa Bou Inania:“the Mederssa”, school, was built by the Merind’Sultan Abu Al Hassan and completed by his son Abu Inan (1350-1358).