Volubilis Not far from Meknes, a winding street of the city of Moulay Idriss transports us to one of the great attractions of Morocco – the archaeological ruins of Volubilis. Morocco has one of the richest histories and cultures in […]
Volubilis Not far from Meknes, a winding street of the city of Moulay Idriss transports us to one of the great attractions of Morocco – the archaeological ruins of Volubilis. Morocco has one of the richest histories and cultures in the world, influenced for centuries by different peoples. The Romans, who expanded their empire into Africa, were one of them.
Evidence of Roman Africa lies at the foot of the Rif mountains. Tourists can travel back in time by visiting the ruins of Volubilis, which date back two thousand years. Once a thriving Roman city, this archaeological site evokes a strong sense of the days when the Roman Empire controlled this part of Africa.
In the first century AD, the Romans built Volubilis on the site of a city of Carthage, which dates back to the third century BC, which became an important Roman city in North Africa.
The population of Volubilis is estimated at 20,001. The Romans did not immediately abandon the city even though they had lost control of the region in the third century. Its Latin influence became apparent for several hundred years, until the Arabs gained control of the region in the seventh century.
Up until the 18th century, Volubilis was a bustling, populated city. Despite its structures, it was damaged by an earthquake in 1700 and some of its marbles were taken for construction in Meknes, Volubilis are the best preserved Roman ruins of all Morocco.
The enclave of Volubilis at the base of the Rif mountains at the same time strategic and landscape. It was the western end of Roman Africa, and the location of the city – now overlooking the nearby resort of Moulay Idriss – allows you to admire the surrounding landscape.
The low mountain region was ideal for the cultivation of olive trees and cereals. The export of olive oil and wheat to Rome was fundamental for the Roman economy of Africa. Some oil presses are still visible among the ruins.
When we approach on the access road to Oualili we can see a series of impressive columns and arches are still intact. A more detailed vision will convey a sense of majesty that must have existed throughout the Roman Empire.
The Arc de Triomphe, the Basilica and the columns of the Capitol are particularly spectacular to see.
The passage of time has not erased the greatness of Volubili, and a number of floors with intricate mosaics are still surprisingly well preserved.
A walk along the ruins offers a glimpse into everyday life in the ancient city. See a bakery with kneading equipment still in place, the olive oil presses used for oil production for export to Rome and the mechanisms of an old well. Visit the beautiful houses of Dionysus, Euphebus, and Orpheus. Climb the steps of the Capitol and feel surrounded by majestic columns.
The ticket price is 70 Dh. Toilets and refreshments are available.
Moulay Idriss is located 30 km north of Meknes, Volubilis is a little further north. To reach Moulay Idriss, take a taxi from Grand Rue de Yougoslavie, or from the square below Place el Hedim (for 10dh route). There are also regular buses from under Bab Mansour.
It is a pleasant walk or you can take a taxi directly there from Moulay Idriss; Volubilis is clearly marked as being 4 km away.. You can negotiate a taxi by meknes that will take you directly Volubilis to Meknes in a grand taxi or take a bus to Ouezzane and will leave you near the place.Share this tour