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Zaouia Moulay Idriss II

Listed under Tombs & Memorials in Fes, Morocco.

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Moulay Idriss II was the ruler of Morocco in the 9th Century and was the founder of the second city of Fes. Five Centuries after his death an un-decomposed body was found that was believed to be that of Moulay Idriss II and a shrine and mausoleum was built for him in the spot.

This is now the medina's holiest shrine, and the mosque on the site is still in use – it's popular for funerals and civic functions. Muslim visitors are welcome to go into the shrine and see the tomb and sanctuary, but non-Muslim visitors aren't – but like many of Morocco's great Islamic buildings it's worth seeing the outside to appreciate the architecture. The six foot wooden bars are how you can tell you're not allowed in.

Written by  Esther Blume.

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