Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain


Volubilis was a Roman settlement, located close to Meknes and 4 kilometres from the Islamic city of Moulay Idriss, dating from the 3rd century BC. Volubilis was a central administrative city for this part of Roman Africa, responsible for grain production and exports to Rome. It was also responsible for contact with Berber tribes who were never suppressed but cooperated for mutual benefit.

Unlike many other Roman cities, Volubilis survived after the Romans lost their foothold in this part of Africa in the 3rd century and the Latin language continued until the Arabs conquered North Africa in the late 7th century.

People continued to live here for more than 1,000 years after this until it was abandoned in the 18th century, when it was demolished to provide building materials for the construction of the palaces of Moulay Ismail in Meknes. If not for this, Volubilis could have become one of the best preserved Roman sites in the world. Some of the best excavations have been moved to the Archaeological Museum close to the royal palace in Rabat, but Volubilis still offers lots to see including about 30 high quality mosaics that still stand in their original place.

Volubilis Basilica Basilica Volubilis
The Forum Stork nesting on Forum column Mosaic Triumph Arch
Triumph Arch Mosaic Volubilis Volubilis
Volubilis Volubilis Mosaic Mosaic
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