The Roman ruins of Volubulis

We decided to take ourselves from Fes to the Roman ruins of Volubulis.  We didn’t want to take a tour, as these ran at at least 800 dirhams for us both from Fes. We took ourselves there using a few different steps (I’ll write a separate post on this for anyone who is interested in the how to’s!)

We had a lovely walk to Volubulis from the nearby town of Moulay Idriss.  It was about 5km, but there were lovely wildflowers to look at on the way (as well as a friendly cyclist who stopped for a chat!)

 

On the road to Volubulis
On the road to Volubulis

 

We spent about three hours at Volubulis – we had our picnic lunch and strolled around the beautiful ruins.  Volubulis is interesting, as it was really a far-flung outpost of the Roman empire, and when they lost control over it to the local Berber tribes, they just didn’t worry too  much about getting it back (they figured it was a long way out and hard to defend).

 

Looking down on the city
Looking down on the city

 

Karen with wildflowers
Karen with wildflowers

 

Leaping in the ruins
Leaping in the ruins

 

Impressive architecture
Impressive architecture

 

A dramatic gate
A dramatic gate

 

 

A lot of the site has been restored – some of it apparently is not too close to what it looked like though!  One of the highlights was the gorgeous mosaics around the grounds – I have no idea how these have lasted so long, but apparently they have!  It was a full day mission to get here from Fes, but definitely worth it!

 

Oil press that has been reconstructed
Oil press that has been reconstructed

 

Not sure how these lasted
Not sure how these lasted

 

Amazing details
Amazing details

 

Mosaics
Mosaics

 

 

 

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lynette Olson says:

    Amazing ruins. That is a great photo of you Karen, you look so brown, and yes Reubs is up to his old tricks of jumping in the ruins. You must be well practiced at this now Reubs.

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  2. Mum Bunn says:

    Those Romans sure did spread out far and wide! Apart from the ruins, I’m intrigued by the greenery of the surrounding countryside. Pretty and peaceful.

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