Fes El-Jdid (Self Guided), Fes

The El-Jdid district of Fes is among the city’s central regions. Here, visitors will indulge in the fabulous gates, sacred venues, as well as historical buildings. Its main street, Grand Rue de Fes El-Jdid, also presents a fine leather shop.
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Fes El-Jdid Map

Guide Name: Fes El-Jdid
Guide Location: Morocco » Fes (See other walking tours in Fes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sidi Bounafa Mausoleum
  • Bab Smarine (Semmaria Gate)
  • Red Mosque
  • Bab Dekaken
  • Fes el-Jdid Mosque
  • Bab es-Seba (Gate of Seven)
  • Mechouar
Sidi Bounafa Mausoleum

1) Sidi Bounafa Mausoleum

Sidi Bounafa Mausoleum is situated in the beginning of the El-Jdid district (beside the beautiful Bab Smarine). The mausoleum was once considered to be among the favorites of the Fes prostitutes, who come here to ask the saints for help when they desired to leave the world's oldest profession.
Bab Smarine (Semmaria Gate)

2) Bab Smarine (Semmaria Gate) (must see)

Bab Smarine, or Semmaria Gate, is a typical city’s gate which was restored in 1924. This high gate separates Melah (Jewish Quarter) from the Muslim Quarter. Bab Smarine was also once the southern entrance to the city. Upon arrival, tourists will discover a wonderful jewelers’ souk.
Red Mosque

3) Red Mosque

Red Mosque represents another interesting attraction in Fes El-Jdid neighborhood, situated right from the Grand Rue de Fes El-Jdid or Greate Street of Fes El-Jdid. This local Moroccan religious building houses a fine minaret, which dates back to the 1300's.
Bab Dekaken

4) Bab Dekaken

Bab Dekaken, or Dekaken Gate, is one of the many gates inside Fes. The gate welcomes both locals and foreign tourists to an area that is next to the Fes el-Jdid Mosque. The old, historical construction offers three arches, as well as two neighboring towers.
Fes el-Jdid Mosque

5) Fes el-Jdid Mosque (must see)

Fes el-Jdid Mosque is another fine mosque with a fine minaret slightly west of the Grand Rue. The mosque can be found in the lovely Fes el-Jdid neighborhood, near the heart of the district. Some alleys are very colorful and there are lots of overhanging balconies: a leftover from the Jewish population. Though you can hire a local guide who will explain the sights, simply walking around on your own will give a sense of the neighborhood and its former grandeur. There is an assortment of shops, restaurants, cafes and street vendors in the area.
Bab es-Seba (Gate of Seven)

6) Bab es-Seba (Gate of Seven)

Bab es-Seba is yet another historical site. The "Gate of Seven" was named after the brothers of Moulay Abdellah. They reigned during the 18th century. "The Gate of Seven" connects two open spaces initially designed for military parades and imperial ceremonies.

7) Mechouar

Upon entry through the historic Bab es-Seba or Gate of Seven, tourists will locate the spacious square, Old Mechouar. Mechouar is famous for being the central headquarters for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. At this festival, visitors can expect to enjoy the greatest musicians and singers in the area.

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