Archaeological Site of Volubilis

UNESCO RegionArab States
LocationWilaya de Meknès - Province Meknès El Menzeh Meulay-Idriss Zerhoun
CoordinatesN34 4 26.004 W5 33 24.984
Inscription Date1997
Minor Modifications2008
Property (ha)42
Buffer Zone (ha)4,200
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsInterpretative and visitation facilities
All ThreatsImpacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number836
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area. Volubilis was later briefly to become the capital of Idris I, founder of the Idrisid dynasty, who is buried at nearby Moulay Idris.
StatusWorld Heritage Site