National Geographic : 1932 Mar
© National Geographic Society Natural Color Photograph byGervais Courtellemont THE CRENELATED WALLS AND CRUMBLING PALACES OF MEKNES ATTEST AVANISHED GLORY The great Sultan Moulay Ismail made this city his capital and during his reign (1672-1727) itenjoyed aperiod ofparticular brilliance and prosperity. Moulay Ismail modeled his kingship after his contemporary, the Grand Monarch of France (Louis XIV). The group ofpalaces, gardens, and monuments which he built at Meknes came to be known as the Versailles of Morocco. The city lies between Rabat and Fes and has a present-day population of 30,000.