New Fez or new medina – Fes el-Jdid

The second medina of Fez was founded in 1276 by the Marinids. It is located just outside the first, old medina. Sultan Abu Yusuf Yaqub had named the district “white city”, but it became known as a “New Fez”. In 21st century the name is slightly misinforming.

Fes el-Jdid includes:

– Mellah. The first Jewish quarter in Morocco that is sadly known that it was unable to protect its inhabitants from massacre. Mellah differs from Arabian neighborhoods by the amount of windows facing the street.

– Dar el-Makzhen palace, which is not open to the public. At least one can take in Fez some pictures of ornamented gates without being asked to delete them. 34°03’11.1″N 4°59’37.6″W (34.053088, -4.993790).

Jnane Sbile garden.

Fes el-Jdid is much smaller than Fes el-Bali. Despite of the size it seems that the number of gates and fortified walls here is even bigger. Many streets of Fes el-Jdid are open to traffic.

Bab Semmarin
Bab Semmarin – a gate to Mellah: 34°03’15″N 4°59’24.3″W (34.054153, -4.990078)
Gate of Dar El-Makzhen palace
Dar El-Makzhen palace
Mellah street
A street in Mellah

Oued

Wall

Bab
Bab Dekakene 34°03’30.7″N 4°59’28.7″W (34.058532, -4.991291)
Interior
Lobby of a building in Mellah
In the garden
Jnane Sbile garden
Bab Al Amer
Bab Al Amer, built in 1276: 34°03’04.8″N 4°59’39.2″W (34.051319, -4.994222)

Unknown ruins

Minaret
El Hamra mosque, built in 13-14 centuries: 34°03’19.2″N 4°59’24.4″W (34.055324, -4.990105)

Map

Take Fez map with you – just click the star and it will be saved in your Google account. Any locations in this region that I will add later will appear on your map.

Fes el-Jdid is marked with yellow polygon:

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