The Moroccan Versailles
The city of Meknes was founded in the tenth century by the Zenetes Meknassa tribe native to eastern, came to settle in the attracted by the fertility of the soil region, the abundance of water and the charm of these gardens. Part of this tribe also founded the town of Taza, before its construction, there was a series of villages without walls, which coexisted peacefully in an agricultural life Berber traditions
It is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672 - 1727) it was a period of great prosperity and what remains of this era of grandeur and previous eras makes this city an important step any trip to Morocco. Moulay Ismail Meknes chosen as the capital for reasons both strategic, political and geographical. Besides its obvious architectural interest even the most casual tourist, the Kasbah of Meknes is of singular importance to the fact that this is the first great work of the Alaouite dynasty, dynasty reigning in Morocco for over 300 years.
Meknes was closed in December 1996 Universal Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee.