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Heading into the Fez medina; the largest auto-free area in the world. When you hear "Belek, Belek!", there's a donkey trying to get by you. Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.

Heading into the Fez medina; the largest auto-free area in the world. When you hear "Belek, Belek!", there's a donkey trying to get by you. Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.

El claustro de San Juan de Letrán, el más grande y bello de Roma

El claustro de San Juan de Letrán, el más grande y bello de Roma

Bab Bou Jeloud, "The Blue Gate" of Fez. Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.

Bab Bou Jeloud, "The Blue Gate" of Fez. Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.

Fez, Morocco, medina (Credit: Simon Griffee)The Bou Inania MedersaSince non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the city’s mosques, the only religious buildings open to visitors in Fez are the medersas, or schools. When it was built by Sultan Abou Inan of the Merenid dynasty in the 1350s, the Bou Inania Medersa (pictured) was said to rival even Fez’s famous Karaouine Mosque with its beauty. Today, its impressive woodwork and zellij (geometric mosaics) hint at the grandeur hidden in many of the…

The stories – and secrets – of Fez

Fez, Morocco, medina (Credit: Simon Griffee)The Bou Inania MedersaSince non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the city’s mosques, the only religious buildings open to visitors in Fez are the medersas, or schools. When it was built by Sultan Abou Inan of the Merenid dynasty in the 1350s, the Bou Inania Medersa (pictured) was said to rival even Fez’s famous Karaouine Mosque with its beauty. Today, its impressive woodwork and zellij (geometric mosaics) hint at the grandeur hidden in many of the…

Views down to city walls from Borj Nord. Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.

Views down to city walls from Borj Nord. Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.

Borj Nord-now a weapons museum but originally was a fortress tower in the city walls.  Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.

Borj Nord-now a weapons museum but originally was a fortress tower in the city walls. Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.

Inside the medina. Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.

Inside the medina. Photo courtesy of Jim See, AIA and Edith Cherry, FAIA.