Meknes, one of Morocco's historic imperial cities, is home to a beautiful blend of the Arab, Amazigh, Jewish and French cultures which compose modern Morocco. It was originally settled in the 9th century by a Berber tribe called the Miknasa. In the 11th century, the Almoravids founded a fortress in Meknes, which was then destroyed. It was rebuilt, and in the 14th century, it expanded and thrived with more madrasas, kasbahs, and mosques under the Wattasid dynasty. It became the imperial capital of Moulay Ismael following his accession to the Sultanate of Morocco in 1672. As such, he constructed numerous edifices, gardens, monumental gates, mosques, and a 25 mile wall.
Some must see sites include the medina and the Old Mellah (Old Jewish Quarter). There is also the Dar Jamaï Museum, a palace built in 1882 for the Jamaï family, as well as the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.