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Situated in a fertile plain at the foot of Mount Zerhoun, Morocco, the sprawling remains of Volubilis – the country's oldest Roman site – have survived pillage and long ages of neglect. After decades of decay, however, custodians of the now closely guarded ancient city have turned the page and are in the process of bringing back the tourists.Known as "Oualili" in Arabic, the city was named an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 .Volubilis may have been founded as early as the third century B.C. and traces of Phoenician influence at the site date from that period.However, renewed interest in the site brought with it looting, especially during the period of French colonial rule from 1912 to 1956 .
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