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Aben Danan Synagogue

Address: Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #13 of 35 Attractions in Fes
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We visited the Aben Danan Synagogue and arrived at the same time a group from Israel was there. A caretaker let us in. There's an old Torah, an old prayer book, and many light fixtures. You can see down a hole into the old mikveh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The synagogue is very well preserved. Very clean. Gives you the impression he's in still in daily use. From roof there's a view of the jewish cemetery.

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Washington DC
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26 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The visit to Aben Danan was part of our organized tour. I'm not sure we would have found it on our own. It is a lovely, little place and was the start of our intro to the history of Judaism in Morocco -- something I wasn't expecting. Our guide showed us the Torah and we had time to wander around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited this lovely synagogue after spending some time in the Jewish cemetery nearby. We were told that someone would show us the way (not easy to find) and once inside, another elderly gentleman pointed out items of religious and decorative significance as well asthe photos around the walls showing jewish history and culture throughout Morocco. The 17th century synagogue... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I felt a very strong connection and pull to this tiny synagogue. We visited it on our tour, and a group of us came back a few days later. It felt like it's just waiting for its congregation to come back. Very moving.

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

… when we came by this place. Some locals shouted something and the door to this rather hidden synagogue opened. There was an incredibly nice man that showed us around and explained us the story of the synagogue and of judaism in morocco. Interesting visit and something different in Fès.

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Los Angeles, California
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67 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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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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118 helpful votes 118 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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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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