Volubilis, ancient Roman city and the town of Moulay Idris

 A short drive from Fez took us past olive groves to a wonderful ancient Roman town called Volubilis where we walked through the well preserved ruins including the agora, arched temples, and royal gate. 

Volubilis is a partly excavated Berber and Roman city in Morocco situated near the city of Meknes, and commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. Built in a fertile agricultural area, it developed from the 3rd century BC onward as a Berber settlement. It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD onward and expanded to cover about 100 acres with a 1.6 miles circuit of walls. The city gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century, including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Its prosperity, which was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors.
One of the highlights were the stunning mosaic tile floors which had images of fish, mythical creatures like minotaurs, and more.  The local museum had a great collection of artifacts from the city as well. 

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