La Maison Bleue Hotel, Fez
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Don't let suspicion let you miss out. A complete stranger dressed in chinos and shirt came up to us as we were studying the map (futile!) and asked us where we were going. We told him. Completely ignoring our chosen destination, he said, "Come with me and I'll show you a beautiful building." I was sceptical initially but my friend had faith. Our new guide - a journalist, he said - took us to a beautiful palace, set in delightful, cool gardens, which has now been converted to a school of architecture. I don't think we would have found this place if he hadn't taken us. On another occasion, a similar thing happened - but this time the young man showed us around the extensive restoration work that he was involved in which was being undertaken in one palace, which was incredibly interesting, and then on to its sister building which had been beautifully preserved. It was one of the most fabulous palaces I'd seen.
Fes, The capital of Morocco for all together more than 400 years, home of the oldest university of the country and the leading cultural and religious centre. Fez is also the home of the oldest an largest medieval city in the world, a city that is almost unchanged through the modern ages and still most definately alive. Fez was founded in 789 at a place between the mountains where the river was flushing by. History has provided the city with long periods of hardship, but Fez has never died. The Bali, or the oldest quarters of Fez, were to a large degree saved by the French general Lyautey. When the French got in control of Morocco around the time of World War I, he made all necessary arrangements to protect the medieval structures against the modern development. The result is that Fez el-Bali has taken good care of its old architectural structures and is also very much a living city, where most streets are too narrow for cars and donkeys and mules are in common use. Just like all through its history, Fez el-Bali has a striking combination of poverty and developed culture.
Other names for La Maison Bleue Hotel
- la maison bleue fes
- Address: 2 place de batha - Fez - 30200 - Morocco