Medina at Fes

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Fes, Morocco; c.1100

Fes was the capital city of Morocco until 1813, when the new French administration found it to be more or less ungovernable and moved the Moroccan capital to Rabat.

The heart of the old city, the Medina, is medieval, and it is easy to see how the narrow interconnecting passageways would have seemed troublesome to French troops. There were many urban places with similar environments, not only in Africa, but also in northern Europe and Asia – places where people of modest means lived close to one another, running businesses of one sort or another, some of them growing prosperous in the process and extending their ...

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