Volubilis: The Roman City in Morocco

Archeological site of Volubilis (Morocco)

If you are passionate about History, Archaeology, and the Roman Empire, then Volubilis is a must stop for your next visit to Morocco. Below is a brief historical overview and a selection of photos to appreciate. For more in-depth reports on this beautiful Moroccan historical heritage, click here

Located on a fertile agricultural soil 30 km away from Meknes, Volubilis is one of the best-preserved ruins of the Roman Era. It was founded in the 3rd century B.C. under the Carthaginian influence [1], then administered under the kingdom of Mauritania (Mauritania was part of Morocco) during the 2nd century B.C. Volubilis was joined to the Roman Empire in 40 A.D. The Berbers of the Atlas Mountains are notorious for resisting the occupants, and in 285 A.D. they managed to defeat the Roman Empire [2]. In 1997, Volubilis was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is today one of the popular touristic destinations to visit in Morocco.


For an additional collection of pictures of Volubilis, please visit UNESCO website


Acknowledgement: I would like to thank my dear friend Samantha for providing me with pictures of Volubilis during her visit to Morocco and my sister in law Ip Ho Sze for providing high quality pictures of the site



[1] EUZENNAT, Maurice. Le temple C de Volubilis et les origines de la cité. Bulletin d’Archéologie Marocaine, 1957, vol. 2, p. 41-64.

[2] RODRIGUEZ-MORENO Concepcion, FERNANDEZ-RUIZ Jose Antonio Morphological Investigations and Virtual Reconstructions of the Domus of the Northeast Quarter of Volubilis (Morocco), 2015, p. 521-530