A fascinating archeological site in North Africa
Located on the foothills of the Zerhoun massif, 28 kilometres from Meknes, Volubilis takes its name from the Berber word Oualili, which refers to the colourful bindweed flower, an abundant plant in the region.
The Roman city of Volubilis appears to you with its remains, its white marble columns, its temple and the lofty silhouette of its triumphal arch.
It is the largest archaeological site in Morocco with a surface of 18 hectares, accessible to the public on a total area estimated at 40 hectares.
VOLUBILIS / OUALILI
Protected Heritage of Morocco
Volubilis was also named Ksar Pharaoun, which means “Pharaoh’s Palace”.
Identified late in the 19th century, the site has been part of Morocco’s protected heritage since 1921.
It has been the subject of archaeological excavations since the beginning of the 20th century. An outstanding example of an architectural complex illustrating the organization of the Punic, pre-Roman and Roman administration in Africa, Volubilis was also the permanent home of the civilizations that inhabited the extreme Maghreb.
Spirit and splendor of the roman cities
Unesco World Heritage in 1997, the site owes its fame to the many mosaics that adorn its ancient residences. Archaeologists attribute them to local artisans, because of the simplicity of the decoration and their often geometric motifs, similar to those of the carpets woven by the Berbers. Their presence helps to recreate the atmosphere and splendour of Roman cities.
Take the time to stroll through this maze of Roman ruins. The mosaics still visible, are splendid and the architecture is amazing.
Traditional music of the world
The International Festival of Volubilis of World Traditional Music is held in August, in Meknes, at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
This event is intended as a space to celebrate the different expressions of cultural and artistic heritage, to enhance traditional authentic music and to highlight the historic sites and monuments of the Ismaili city.
On the program, generally about twenty troops offer a wide range of colours and traditional musical genres, both Moroccan and international.