Volubilis was founded in the 3rd century B.C. It was once an important outpost of the ancient Roman empire. Now, it is the site of the most important Roman ruins in Morocco. It is situated near Meknes between Fes and Rabat. The Archaeological Site of Volubilis is a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed for being “an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire”. We were amazed at how well preserved the ruins were. They were mostly intact until they were destroyed by an earthquake in the mid-18th century then looted by Moroccan rulers looking for stone to build Meknes.
We visited Volubilis while travelling from Rabat to Fes. It offered a fascinating peek into the ancient Roman lives but the heat was unbearable. Oh, and we also met some fellow South Africans there with whom we shared our Moroccan experiences thus far.