Peek into History Through the Ancient Ruins of Volubilis, Morocco

One of the most amazing places to visit in Morocco are the Roman ruins at Volubilis located near Meknes between Fez and Rabat. One meaning of Volubilis is “sculpture” maybe because of the many sculptures that were present on this place. Another meaning of the name in Latin is “Morning Glory”.

Volubilis developed as a Phoenician/Carthaginian settlement from the 3rd century BC. In the 2nd century this outpost became one of the Roman Empire most far-flung. Some of the most noticeable buildings are the basilica, temple and triumphal arc.

Entrance Street

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Arch of Caracalla (Triumphal Arch)

The Arch of Caracalla is one of the most distinctive sights of this ancient city. It is located at the end of the city’s main street.

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After the Romans, Volubilis continued to be inhavited for centuries. Arabs has arrived in 708 and changed its name to Oualila or Walīlī.

Roman Mosaic

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In the Islamic period Volubilis remained to be the capital of the region. Islamic coints dating from 8th century have been found on the site of this ruins.

Plinth at Forum

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The City’s Basilica

The Basilica was used for the administration of justice and the governance of the city.

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The Capitoline Temple

The Capitoline Temple is located behind the basilica and had been an arcaded courtyard.

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In  1997 the archaeological site of Volubilis was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ancient Ruins of Volubilis, Morocco

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