Colonial History of Fez, Morocco

More than 12 million tourists visited Morocco in 2018, and their numbers are certain to increase in 2019. And why not? This North African kingdom calls up to most foreigners an image of medieval mosques, archaic bazaars filled with handmade crafts, and medinas—those labyrinths of narrow alleys behind ancient walls.In Morocco, historic monuments seem as common as sparrows. This country has thirty-one medinas, or rather walled cities built in the premodern era. Of the twenty-two places in Morocco now considered or under consideration as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, twelve are medinas.Other countries in Africa are larger than Morocco, which is the same size as California. Adjacent to Morocco, Algeria is Africa’s largest country. Algeria is more than three times Morocco’s size but has only half its number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and places listed on UNESCO’s Tentative List.Why does Morocco have so many historic old cities and UNESCO Heritage Sites? My research on Edith…

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