So, this is where the Jewish community of Fes was concentrated before it left. About two blocks of buildings with unique terraces. Oh well.
Petty harassment is normal in Fez and is part of the experience. I walked all over the Medina and far off the main shopping alleys into tiny, dark, winding residential quarters and never had a problem. My overall impression of Fez is positive, with one exception: The Mellah. As soon as I turned off the main street and into the... More
It was interesting to see this small, but beauty little synagogue within the medina of Fez, where Islam is the predominant religion. The rabbi was kind to let us view his place of worship, without interruption. However, it would have been helpful to have more background information about this community of faith and its history.
We went through the Mellah's streets which were very crowded. I think you better know the Moroccan language/French in case you get lost or need some help. Most don't speak English. It is safe to walk around.
The false guides who approached us where more persistent than usual and said a lot of inappropriate things to us when we refused them and even followed us for about 10 minutes. We found the cemetery which was interesting and then we went to the synagogue where we were told the price was 20dirham each but we refused to pay... More
No Jews live in the area anymore, but the architecture is different than the rest of the medina with balconies off the apartments. No balconies on a typical Moroccan home in the medina. The Synagogue is worth seeing. I did get some good pictures of the architecture.
If you have some time and/or a real interest in Jewish history, take a side trip here. As others have said, it seems that there are LOTS of people that try to convince you to pay them but there is just one person inside who collects the fee - I think it was 10 dirhams. Found it interesting to just... More
We went to the Fez Mellah to see the cemetery, synagogues and museum, but were hassled by three different false guides in a very short period of time. After being led completely astray (look at this hole in the ground - the mikva!) by one fake guide we eventually we got away from him and finally found the restored synagogue... More
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