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Volubilis

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Meknes, Morocco.

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The ruins of Volubilis are some of the best preserved Roman ruins in northern Africa, despite the fact that at the peak of the Roman Empire this settlement was on the western border of the empire, and the settlement was built over the remains of a Carthaginian settlement the Romans flattened. Part of the reason the remains are in such good order is that when the Romans moved out of Morocco local tribes moved into the city and kept it in good repair until an earthquake struck the region in the 4th Century.

After excavations in the 18th Century and much more recently some of the main features of the once city have been revealed including a solid looking arch, the doorway of the basilica, some pillars of the Capitolium and a line of arches from the Gordian’s Palace – proving that standing in a doorway in an earthquake is actually a very good idea.

Many impressive pieces of mosaic have also been revealed.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Archaeological Site of Volubilis”

'The Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area. Vo… Read more...

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