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Moulay Idriss is the Birthplace of Islam in Morocco

Moulay Idriss is the birthplace of Islam in Morocco. The town is named after Moulay Idriss I, the great grandson of Prophet Mohammed and who brought Islam to the country. He is, of course, the country’s most-revered Saint.

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Moulay Idriss is built on two verdant hills.

Moulay Idriss - The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Moulay Idriss – The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

As you can see, the town is washed in white houses.

Moulay Idriss - The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Moulay Idriss – The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

This is Morocco’s holiest city.

Moulay Idriss - The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Moulay Idris – The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

The tomb of Moulay Idris at the heart of the town is a pilgrimage site and most Moroccans consider coming here as an option to a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Moulay Idriss - The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Moulay Idris – The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

The round minaret here is the only one in the country.

Moulay Idriss - The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Moulay Idriss – The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Until 1995, no foreign visitors were allowed to stay here overnight.

Moulay Idris - The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Moulay Idris – The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Today, the town has a couple of accommodation, restaurants, ATM, banks and shops.

Moulay Idriss - The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Moulay Idris – The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

If you decide to stay here for a night, don’t forget to take a hike on these hills for panoramic vistas. Within walking distance from here is an ancient Roman hot springs where you can swim.¬†Five kilometres away are the ancient ruins of the Roman City called Volubilis.

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Moulay Idris - The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

Moulay Idris – The Birthplace of Islam in Morocco.

TRAVEL TIP on HOW TO GET THERE: 

Moulay Idriss can be reached via public transportation from either Meknes or Fez. If your’e staying in Fez, you can take a day tour to Volubilis, Moulay Idris and Meknes.

 

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