Fes City Gates
Fes • Morocco

From: Morocco Travel Guide Fes Travel Guide

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Fes City Gates
The old city of Fes (Fes el Bali) is well known for its elaborate gates which make up the Fes El Jidid area of the city and were used to both allow entry into the ancient city and to link up areas within the city.

Many of these gates contain elaborate stone carving design, sometimes with small turrets at the top and are often colorfully tiled, although in sometimes due to their age a little faded.

The main gates of the old city were the Bab Er Rsif gate positioned close to the mosque, the southeast gate called Bab el-Ftouh, the north gate called Bab El Guissa and the western gate known as Bab Bou Jeloud.

The Bab Semarine Gate was at one time the cities southern entrance gate and later separated the Jewish and Muslim areas. The gate features several small turrets at the top and stone carved lattice effect on the walls.

The Bab Bou Jeloud was the cities western gate and still retains its elaborate facade. The gate now has many cafes and stalls surrounding it.

Another gate of interest is Bab es-Seba which features a beautiful stone carved archway surrounded by a splendid tiled design.

Travel Attractions Guide
The Fes El Jdid district is to the north east of Fes and due to the maze of narrow streets it can be wise to obtain a reputable guide to show you around this part of the city.