Morocco’s Roman Ruins

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I imagine when most people think about visiting Morocco they anticipate pristine beaches and vibrant, exotic, bustling marketplaces. But what most visitors don’t know about this multidimensional North African country is that it possesses an opulence of historic Roman Ruins. Back in Morocco’s days as a Roman colony, the region regarded as Volubilis was a thriving, affluent summit set at the base of the Atlas mountains, surrounded by flourishing olive orchards.

 

At the western tip of the Roman empire, Volubilis affluence was measured in large Roman columns, a triumphal arch, elaborate mosaic tiled floors, and sprawling acreage of fertile land. But today, Volubilis is characterized by desolate lands, tattered remnants of buildings, tumbleweeds and the intrusion of a stork population.

Eerie traces of an empire that once was, Volubilis is a grim reminder of Morocco’s multifaceted history. The Roman gods, goddesses and quintessential geometrical patterns that are so delicately mapped out in tile on the grounds are reminiscent of figures that can still be found on Berber rugs in the Meknes medina. Although the reins of Volubilis ownership shifted from early Roman, Christian settlers, to Islamic settlers from nearby tribes, globalisation has permeated through Morocco and still presents itself today.

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