The ancient Roman city at Volubilis


The Roman Empire was vast and included the regions that surround the Mediterranean Sea – from southern Europe to the Middle East to North Africa. I’ve explored a number of ancient Roman cities – Rome, Caesarea and Beit She’an (in Israel), Split and Pula (in Croatia) and Jerash (in Jordan).

Near the imperial cities of Meknes and Fes, in Morocco, lies the ancient Roman city at Volubilis. It was founded in the 3rd century B.C., as a Carthaginian settlement and grew rapidly under Roman rule in the 1st century A.D. as the capital of the kingdom of Mauritania. Even after a devastating mid-18th century earthquake, many of the ruins remain at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Less than half of the site has been excavated. The brilliant mosaic floors remain in good condition in several of the buildings. The public baths, an oil press, the public buildings (the Capitol, Basilica and the Forum) remain partially intact. There are several archways on site including the marble Triumphal Arch that is spectacular.

Admission to the site is 20 dirhams. You can hire a local guide at the entrance for about 120 dh who will guide you in pretty good English.

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