Royal Palace in Fez
The Royal Palace (Dar el-Makhzen) in Fez, Morocco
This palatial complex rests in the center of the Fes el-Jedid area and is surrounded by high walls with an intricate and elaborately decorated gateway that is permanently closed. The doors are bronze but they shine like gold. It was once used as a residence to the sultan, his guards and servants as well as a place where the central government met to conduct business. Now it is closed to the public, although the king of Morocco still uses the complex when he visits Fes.