Volubilis is a partly excavated site of Roman ruins situated near Moulay Idriss.

It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD.

The city expanded with the growth of its main industry, olives and olive oil, resulting in the construction of many beautiful townhouses with large mosaic floors.

In the 2nd century, the city further expanded with the addition of major public buildings such as a basilica and a triumphal arch.

The city was conquered by local tribes in the 3rd century and remained in use for the next 700 years.

The ruins were devastated by an earthquake in the 18th century.

Restoration began during the period of French rule in Morocco.

Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is listed for being ‘an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire.’