Discover the Roman Ruins of Volubilis in Morocco

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This amazing piece of history was one of the Roman Empire’s most important cities in the western part of the empire. During its height, it was home to around 30,000 residents and was built in a very impressive way. In its prime, it was one of four cities that made up Morocco’s capital.

The Romans first discovered this area of Morocco briefly in the 2nd century A. D. when Publius Cornelius Scipio and his army arrived in the region near the modern city of Casablanca.

It wasn’t until the end of the 3rd century and the rule of Emperor Diocletian that there was a more serious settlement of Roman citizens in the area.

The Romans began building great cities here by the time they were in power. The most famous was Volubilis. This is a huge city, however, about four times the size of Rome itself, so it takes a lot of time to travel from one city to the next. That’s why the Romans would not continue their development of Volubilis until the mid-300s, just at the time of Constantine’s rule.

The city would grow now to include a forum, temples, baths, markets, and gardens. It was a grand and impressive place, even by today’s standards.