1001 Inventions Expedition to the Ancient City of Fez

The Expedition is Over!

Watch The Highlights Today



1001 Inventions completed the expedition to the historic city of Fez with the lucky global competition winners. The expedition took place from the 4th - 9th March 2013 and proved to be an exhilarating experience for the whole team. 

Below is a short video of highlights from the Expedition. Look out for the full adventure, coming soon......

Our intrepid explorers travelled to the ancient city of Fez to uncover the significance of the mysterious artefact in the circular photograph above.

The artefact in this photograph has stood for centuries, in the historic city of Fez, Morocco. But what did it mean to those who designed it? And what part did it play in the history of this ancient and atmospheric place?

Under the guidance of the 1001 Inventions expert historians, the team gained unprecedented access to unique locations and sights, pieced together the meaning of the pictured artefact and uncovered Fez’s ancient past, revealing their findings to a worldwide audience. There was a twist in the tale, the 1001 Inventions Expedition Leader set the team an exciting group challenge during the trip. Watch the video above and all will be revealed. 

The Wonders of Fez


Fez is a magical place, founded over a thousand years ago and still almost untouched by industrialisation. The competition winners will breathe the air of the ancients in bazaars filled with crafts and spices, drink tea in tranquil courtyards, visit historic tanneries and ceramic workshops, and see the palaces, mosques and fountains of the city’s 13th century cultural heyday, when trade routes connected it with cities across Muslim civilisation.

Along winding passageways and behind tiled facades, the group will seek hidden knowledge – none more ancient than at Al-Qarawiyin University, the jewel in the city’s crown.

This mosque-university complex was funded in 859 by an enlightened local benefactor called Fatima al-Fihri. As the world’s longest-serving place of education, its corridors still bustle with busy students today.

In their explorations, the four winners will be following the example of one of the world’s most celebrated adventurers and travel writers. Over four hundred years ago, Ibn Battuta returned to his native Morocco after a journey of eye-opening length and breadth, covering more than 40 modern countries. It was the Sultan of Fez who encouraged Ibn Battuta to write the Rihla, the account of his incredible travels.

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