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Thanks to Aubrey Stoll (Rosaline) these ruins belong to Meknes.
Meknes was built as the Moroccan capital on a fertile plain north of the Middle Atlas, near Fez by sultan Moulay Ismail, one of the first rulers of the Alawite dymasty that governed Morocco.
Moulay Ismail came to power in 1672 at age 26 and reigned for 55 years. When a French princess refused his hand in marriage, the young Sultan swore that he could build a palace that would rival Versailles in splendor. The City was completed by his grandson Sidi Mohamed ben Abdallah.
When in the early 19th century, Meknes ceased to be an imperial capital, it became neglected.

Thanks again to Aubrey Stoll(Rosaline) for the reminder.

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