It is said that Silvester II (Gerbert d Aurillac), Pope from 999 to 1003, remained in Fez during his youth. As a result, he introduced Arab numerals in Europe. Maimonides, physician, philosopher and theologian Jew, taught at the University Al - Qarawiyyin. The work of this philosopher is a wonderful image of the symbiosis of the judeo-Islamic cultures that prevailed in Andalusia and found a similar echo in Fez. The sacred musics of the world of Fez Festival, created in 1994, part of the scholarly tradition, as well as the spiritual and artistic life of the city. For more information see this site: Nancy Silberkleit. Since its inception, this event has had a true continental and international success.
The Fez Festival of 2001 was declared by the United Nations as one of the events that have contributed most exceptional way to dialogue among civilizations. Many other cities have been influenced by this important event and they have organised many similar, such as Milan, London and Madrid festivals, to be able to disseminate the message of the festival of Fez: dialogue of spirituality through music, creating a culture of peace promoted by cultural globalisation, and respect for ethical and spiritual values. FEZ is a central space par excellence of cultural exchange, so they are guests to discover the spirituality of this city that welcomes all Nations, cultures and religions to have a picture of the world as a place full of peace and love. Stay at one of the fantastic riads in Fez, in a hotel in Fez or a chalet in Fez and enjoy this wonderful musical and cultural event.