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Fas / ⴼⴰⵙ / فاس

Fez
Country Morocco
RegionFès-Boulemane
Founded789
Founded byIdrisid dynasty
Government
 • MayorHamid Chabat
 • GovernorMohamed Rerrhabi
Elevation
1,258.9 ft (383.7 m)
Population
 (2004)[1]
 • Total1,044,376

Fes or Fez is the second largest city of Morocco. There were about 1 million people in 2010. It is the capital of the Fès-Boulemane region. The city has been called the "Mecca of the West" and the "Athens of Africa".[2]

Fez is the former capital. It is one of the country's four "imperial cities". The others are Rabat, Marrakech and Meknes.

"Fas el Bali", one part of the city, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fes has a football team, MAS Fez. They play in the Botola the highest tier of the Moroccan football system. They play their home matches at the 45,000 seat Complexe Sportif de Fès stadium.

Main sights

Fez is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. Many non-Moroccans are now restoring traditional houses (riads and dars) as second homes in the Fez medina. The most important monuments in the city are:

Notable residents

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Fez is twinned with:

Partnerships

References

  1. Morocco 2004 Census
  2. History of Fes
  3. Author of 'Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez'. (Serif, London, 2003).

    Template-specific style sheet:

    ISBN 1-897959-43-5
  4. "Sister cities of İzmir (1/7)" (in Turkish). http://www.izmir-yerelgundem21.org.tr/kardes.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  5. "Acordos de Geminação" (in Portuguese). © 2009 Câmara Municipal de Coimbra – Praça 8 de Maio – 3000-300 Coimbra. http://www.cm-coimbra.pt/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=62&Itemid=128. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  6. "Kraków otwarty na świat". www.krakow.pl. http://www.krakow.pl/otwarty_na_swiat/?LANG=UK&MENU=l&TYPE=ART&ART_ID=16. Retrieved 2009-07-19.