The history of the city is interesting. There was a city, a pre-Roman city on the spot in the BCE. In the second century, the Romans conquered the land and a Roman city was built more or less alongside of, or even on top of, the one that was there.
I'm not sure what happened to the Romans of Volubilis, if they were conquered by the Berbers or Arabs, or if Rome fell and then Volubilis was abandoned or fell because of it. But an amazing ruined city remains today. And it looks like a relic of Rome in a land where most of the architecture is of a Moorish or Arabian design.
Boy, these people loved their columns. Their temples have columns.
|Columns - they put you in the mood to pray!|
|Look, you can see us. We were actually there.|
|Alrica was there too.|
|Turn at the fourth column to get to my street|
|Poor guy, couldn't afford an actual column|
I should say they were fond of arches too.
|Pennsylvanians, look, keystones|
And sometimes they put the two of them together.
|The perfect Roman pairing|
|From a distance|
In addition, they had their own Arch of Triumph. This one was built in the third century CE to honor the emperor who declared the people of Volubilis to be Roman citizens. (I'm not sure what their citizenship was considered to be before this.) He also granted them tax relief! And they built an arch with the money they now didn't have to pay to Rome. Tax relief has apparently been a big thing for a long time. (Though I have never seen a city in the United States build an architectural marvel to celebrate it.)
|That's my family on the right side to give you a sense of scale|
But let this last picture remind you that even in a land of crumbling stone, new life can always begin.
|A pretty flower|