The Roman Ruins of Volubilis
The Roman ruins of Volubilis is a testament that the area was once a progressive city that held power and might. The imposing pillars and arches show grandeur of Roman architectural style. The ruins are reminders that the Romans were there, settled, conquered it – and vanished.
Today, the Roman ruins of Volubilis looks like this from afar.
It is settled right in the middle of a fertile agricultural area.
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Martin Scorsese, in his film, “The Last Temptation of Christ”, featured this archaeological site.
The pillars are still intact and stand proudly like they were before.
The mosaics look faded but their beauty is still obviously evident.
The walls may have gone but the tall arches still command grace.
The best thing about visiting here is that, unlike any other Roman ruins around the world, this one has few people going around. In fact, there only 4 of us here on the day we went.
And oh, we had these fowls as company, too.
There were no souvenir-selling vendors, no fake guides and annoying touts at the entrance. We met two children grazing their donkeys inside this old, shattered city.
A newly-opened Visitor Centre and Museum houses relics that are fragile and needed to be cared for.
If you’re staying in Fez, visit Volubilis by combining it with stops at Meknes (20-kilometers away) and Moulay Idriss (5 kms).
Where to stay in Fez
Dar Elinor is few meters from the world-renowned medina in Fez. It’s clean and beds are comfortable. Staff are nice and so willing to help your stay memorable.