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Moulay Abdellah Quarter

Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #6 of 31 Attractions in Fes
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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22 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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15 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
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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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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56 helpful votes 56 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
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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Nelspruit, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The smell was intense but not as bad as most people make it out to be. We did not even use the mint like most people do. The process is extremely interesting and my appreciation for leather products definitely grew.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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60 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

If you want to see authentic Fez, you need to view this method of tanning and dying hides. An absolutely fascinating sight -- the hard workers, the array of colors, the process. They give you some mint to hold under your nose when the guide explains all the processes. It does smell like you are in a pig barn.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I thought this was interesting, it does smell but not as bad as some people make out and they give you mint to hold under your nose. On the way out they encourage you to buy something and for letting us see the tannery we though it was polite to buy something cheap. Really worth seeing

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Noyemberyan, Armenia
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We stopped by the tannery during a tour of the medina. When we arrived they took us up winding stairs to the roof to see the tannery at work. We went around 12:30pm and the workers were all out in the pits, working hard. The man there spoke very good English and told us the history of the place. Part... More 

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