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Aben Danan Synagogue

Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #15 of 31 attractions in Fes
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Los Angeles, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
59 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This synagogue is hard to find. You enter through a door that looks the same as thousands of other doors in Fes, so maybe better bring a guide or pay some money to a kid and he will take you there. This 17th Century synagogue was one of many in Fes. It was build by the rich merchant Mimoun Ben... More

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Bangalore, India
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

If you don't look out, you will not find it . Hidden among many houses inside the old Jewish quarters. The synagogue is worth the visit. Old world charm. Ask for the 18th century Torah.

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Chicago
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158 reviews 158 reviews
61 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

It may be a little hard to find but well worth seeing this restored holy place. There is a true sense of intimacy, history and community here.

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Chicago, Illinois
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52 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

10 dh to go in. Lots of pictures of other Jewish areas around Morocco. Most interesting was to see the mikvah, the ritual bath. Didn't get too much of the history of Jewish people in Fes. Good for short 10-15 minute visit, max.

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Sydney
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We entered the synagogue to take a look at it courtesy of our riad hosts who mentioned that it might be worth a look. Upon arrival we were ushered in enthusiastically by an elderly man who went about the 'tour' of the small synagogue showing us photos of other Jewish bits and pieces around morocco. All happy days. As we... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Quite simply, this is one of the best historical spots to visit in Fes. unlike mosques in Morocco, in which you are not allowed to visit the prayer room by law, you can visit every corner of this beautiful synagogue, even going down into the mikveh if you wish. It is sad that there is not a community that meets... More

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Haifa, Israel
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20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

In the midst of the Mellah, close to the Jewish cemetery and walking down narrow paths, we approached the Jewish synagogue. Well kept, and very nicely decorated. An impressive site. Worth visiting.

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Montville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

In the old Jewish district. Worth a visit to hear history of Jews in Morocco. Still active congregation with torah. Cemetery near by has graves of the great Grand Rabbis and tombs of those lost to the plague. Well preserved

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Pierre, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The synagogue is small and lovely. We were even shown the bathing pool in the cellar used during a Jewish marriage ceremony and the tunnel where the bride was brought into the synagogue. Cabinets were opened for us to see the more hidden treasures. The man at the store on the alley corner has the key and it costs 10... More

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portage wi
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42 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

While I wouldn't add this to any "must see" list, I was glad I made the side trip here because it provides a different perspective of a city that is so rooted in islam. But here you are, in a Jewish synagogue with lots of history as well. Was a little difficult to actually find the place so be persistent.

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