Detail of golden doors and door handles, Royal Palace, 17th century, Fez, Morocco, pictured on February 24, 2009 in the evening. The Royal Palace compound in Fes-el-Jedid covers 80 hectares and contains gardens, mosques and a 14th century Madrasa. As a residence of the king of Morocco it is closed to the public but is impressive even from the outside being especially famed for its golden doors. Fez, Morocco's second largest city, and one of the four imperial cities, was founded in 789 by Idris I on the banks of the River Fez. The oldest university in the world is here and the city is still the Moroccan cultural and spiritual centre. Fez has three sectors: the oldest part, the walled city of Fes-el-Bali, houses Morocco's largest medina and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site;  Fes-el-Jedid was founded in 1244 as a new capital by the Merenid dynasty, and contains the Mellah, or Jewish quarter; Ville Nouvelle was built by the French who took over most of Morocco in 1912 and transferred the capital to Rabat. Picture by Manuel Cohen.

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Detail of golden doors and door handles, Royal Palace, 17th century, Fez, Morocco, pictured on February 24, 2009 in the evening. The Royal Palace compound in Fes-el-Jedid covers 80 hectares and contains gardens, mosques and a 14th century Madrasa. As a residence of the king of Morocco it is closed to the public but is impressive even from the outside being especially famed for its golden doors. Fez, Morocco's second largest city, and one of the four imperial cities, was founded in 789 by...
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