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Fez, Morocco

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View of the medina (old city) of Fez
View of the medina (old city) of Fez
Flag of Fez
Fez is located in Morocco
Location in Morocco
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Country  Morocco
Region Fès-Meknès
Founded 789
Founded by Idrisid dynasty
 • Mayor Idriss Azami Idrissi
 • Governor Mohamed Rerrhabi
Elevation 1,350 ft (410 m)
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,112,072
 • Rank 2nd in Morocco
Racial makeup
 • Arab-Berber 53.6%
 • Berbers 32.7%
 • Moriscos 10.2%
 • Others 3.5%
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Medina of Fez
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Bab Bou Jeloud, "The Blue Gate" of Fez.
Type Cultural
Criteria iii, iv
Reference 170
UNESCO region Arab States
Inscription history
Inscription 1981 (5th Session)
Leather tanning in Fez
Panoramic view of the Old Medina
View of the old medina of Fez

Fez or Fes (Arabic: ? Fas  Moroccan Arabic: [f?s]; Berber: Fas; French: Fès) is the second largest city of Morocco, with a population of 1.1 million (2014).

Fez was the capital of Morocco until 1925, and is now the capital of the Fès-Meknès administrative region. The modern Turkish name for Morocco, Fas, originally referred only to the capital city.

The city has two old medinas, the larger of which is Fes el Bali. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is believed to be one of the world's largest car-free urban areas. Al-Qarawiyyin, founded in AD 859, is the oldest continuously functioning madrasa in the world. The city has been called the "Mecca of the West" and the "Athens of Africa".

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