Meknès mĕknĕs´ [key], city (1994 pop. 443,214), N central Morocco. It has a noted carpet-weaving industry. There are also woolen mills, cement and metal works, oil distilleries, and food-processing plants. Meknès became (c.1672) the capital of Morocco under Sultan Ismail , who undertook such palatial building operations that the city was called the Versailles of Morocco. Little of his construction has survived.

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