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Address: Fes, Morocco

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A look at at the Past

Well worth seeing before all traces of Jewish life dissapear from Fes. It was not too long ago that it was a functioning synagogue but it is more like a museum. But it shows that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

To get in, your best bet is to go to the cemetery and ask someone to walk you here. This recently restored and still active synagogue was great not for its beauty, but for its historic value. The torah is from 1710 and the prayer book from 1780. There is also a mikvah underground. It's a great preservation of an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

While in Fez with a guide, we toured the mellah (old Jewish Quarter) and visited the small Aben Danan Synagogue, built in the 17th century and restored in 1998-1999. A large Ark, covered by a gold embroidered curtain, contains an old Torah. The main floor has wooden benches where the men pray. Women prayed in a small balcony (Amara) high... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Well worth seeing before all traces of Jewish life dissapear from Fes. It was not too long ago that it was a functioning synagogue but it is more like a museum. But it shows that there was a thriving community not too long ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This tiny synagogue has been lovingly restored to its modest state. From the outside it looks like any of the other doors on the street but to enter it is to enter a world of the past. It's worth seeing (along with the amazing Jewish cemetery) although be prepared to be offered "help" in finding it by the locals (some... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A very small synagogue that is not easy to find and not much easier to find your way out of into the main street. Unless you are of the faith, or interested in it or its history, like ourselves, then probably of limited interest. The synagogue is well preserved and the young women guide / custodian made the visit interesting... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

The Jewish people were welcomed into the MOULAY dynasty and new capital of Fès. The "Mellah" or Jewish quarter sits exactly next to the Royal Palace. This exquisite synagogue is tucked into the mellah. I would not have easily found it but our guide Hisham grew up here and found it readily. The mickvah is seen through a flooring stone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

If you are Jewish this is worth visiting. It makes you realize that Jews were all over the Arab world, and are still welcomed in Morocco. In fact 30,000 Israelis visit yearly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Interesting synagogue in Mellah area of Fes. Slightly difficult to find as in an alley off a side street. Custodian lives nearby and opens up for you for a small fee and explains the synagogue

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

stunning hanging glass oil lamps women's section upstairs mikve (ritual bath) downstairs beautiful green and white tile floor built in the 17th century; most recently restored 1998-99 Jewish cemetery nearby

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It was not even referenced on our organized tour, but I had only an hour lunch break between scheduled AM & PM guided tours. I decided to venture on my own, to find the Jewish Cemetary (בית החיים) where I spent so much of my little time, I had to rush along the crowded shuk, turn at the café, and... More 

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Address: Address: Fes, Morocco
Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Fes-Boulemane Region  >  Fes

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