Photograph by Alberto Zaffonato
A man rides a donkey through the streets of Meknes, Morocco. Walking in this old part of this city is like stepping into the past. While not one of Morocco’s better known toursit destinations, Meknes is a modern city of nearly one million inhabitants, about 80 miles inland from Morocco’s capital Rabat.
Founded by the Almoravids in the 11th century as a military settlement, Meknes became a capital city under Sultan Moulay Ismail who reigned from 1672-1727. The sultan made Meknes into a large city in the Spanish-Moorish style, blending the European and Islamic styles of the day.