FÈS is the religious and cultural center of Morocco, and a photographer's paradise. In this vlog, we go inside the medina and tour the city life, view the architecture, and explore the artisan crafts that made Fes famous around the world.
Behind the scenes vlog of Fes:
Here are the top places to photograph:
1. Borj Nord
The best view of the Medina of Fes is from atop a hill where you will find a 16th Century fort.
2. Fes el Bali
This is the oldest walled part of Fes Morocco founded between 789 and 808 AD. It has Spanish design as opposed to Berber influence and it is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Medina is home to over 2,000 mosques, 80,000 people, and the oldest university. It is filled with food shops, crafts, and artisans that make for boundless photography opportunities. The medina is a car-free city and the main method of transportation is by donkey.
3. University of Al-Karaouine
The oldest university in the world established in 859 AD. We see the stunning traditional Moroccan architecture including the marble floor, tile walls, fountain, open ceiling and cedar wood work.
4. Fes carpets
One of the most famous artisan works in Fes is the carpets, which are hand woven by women. Some have traditional Berber designs while others are woven with the Fes blue color. The carpets are reversible, with the wool side for winter and the other side for summer. Expect to spend a few hundred to upwards of a few thousand for one carpet.
5. Nejjarine Museum
We visit the museum of wood arts and crafts, a beautiful historic building with a rooftop view of Fes.
6. Tannery of Fes
We tour of the tanneries in Fes, a huge outdoor leather making processing center where artisans color and tan the leather to create handbags, jackets, shoes, and more. It is best viewed from above, so we climbed to the top of a leather shop and watched from the fifth floor. The area is quite smelly, so the guides provide you with mint to smell as you photograph the area.
What are your favorite places to photograph in Fes? Comment below!
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