Archaeological Site of Volubilis, Morocco
I would never have expected to have found Roman ruins in Morocco but, here in the middle of nowhere, what remains of a large town rises out of the countryside.
You can see the site of Volubilis from kilometres away. Even though this is quite a mountainous region of Morocco, the ruins are in an area of flat green plains and they’re easy to spot from the road as you approach or from the nearby town of Moulay Idriss.
Why are they here? This would have been pretty much the extremity of the Roman Empire, not just across the sea… but then hundreds more kilometres inland. It would have been hard to protect and would have seemed like a far and isolated outpost.
Yet, it wasn’t. The fertile lands of this part of Morocco were beautiful and perfect for agriculture. This wasn’t some kind of exile – this was an exotic paradise.
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