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Moulay Abdellah Quarter

Address: Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #5 of 35 Attractions in Fes
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Rabat, Morocco
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289 reviews 289 reviews
125 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

So, it stinks, and you're going to get the hard sell from the owners of the shop that you pass through to view the tannery. But it's worth it for this quintessential Fesi sight. The pigeon poop the urine and the chemicals are all unpleasant, but that's part of the draw. We were told that it is going to be... More 

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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143 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Here you can see what really goes on when they make your jacket or belt. Granted these are the old ways but automation hasn't changed the basic procedures. Watching those who work under these conditions reminds one of the way of our ancestors. Very interesting and should be a must see. But our viewpoint required a visit to the sales... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the most incredible places I have ever visited. The tannery continues to be operated in the manner it was since the 8th century. And the backdrop of the ancient media makes you feel as though you have been transported back in time. The conditions in which these men work in are unimaginable. I lack the ability... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

It was small but have enough old art pieces to see. The carving inside is beautiful. Can go through this museum in about 20 min, not much of a roof top view entrance fee D20.

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California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

One of the coolest things I've done! A steep climb up a narrow winding staircase to a balcony allows you a great view of a very little changed ancient practice in motion. It is amazing to watch the men standing knee deep in vegetable dyes to color the hides various shades of color. It's a fascinating process to witness that... More 

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Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Absolutely astonishing. Everyone is talking about the smell, but you won't have problems if you are able to breathe trough your mouth like every human should. However, the shop guide will give you a complimentary mint twig, you can keep that right under your delicate little nose if you can't really handle the "Camel N°5" (like our guide called it).... More 

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Midland, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I am astonished at how much ink has gone into talking about the smell of the tanneries and whether it is bad or not bad. Once I saw this centuries old souk, I forgot all about that. You climb narrow, twisting stairs to a covered balcony that gives you a terrific panoramic view of the lye vats and the dye... More 

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NY
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12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Its a must to have peek into real life of folks who work in tanneries, a vantage some of us don't get the opportunity of too often. Due to tanners, it can get smelly so it takes some getting used to. A guide is a must to take you to the higher levels for a perfect vantage point. There are... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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40 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We were aware of the smell as we approached but it was not as bad as some of the group had feared, although one or two baulked a bit at the site of raw hides waiting to be started. The best place for photos is the terrace roof. The entrance to the stairs is narrow and the stairs are quite... More 

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46 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I didn't find the smell bad at all. Although we did see a young female vomiting in the streets nearby. You can walk down to the tannery or enter one of the houses. You may be charged/asked for dh10 to enter. Easy to find if you have a map. Piece of advice. Don't listen to anyone trying to give you... More 

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