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“The Jewish quarter” 5 of 5 stars
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Mellah
Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #41 of 139 things to do in Marrakech
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This is the Jewish neighborhood in Marrakech. Here you´ll find the Lezama Synagoge, an important historical site, as well as other eating and shopping opportunities.
Marrakech, Morocco
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“The Jewish quarter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

A fairly non-descript area of the Medina, and yet worthy of mention. There's a cool synagogue down some alleyways, which is open to the public. The best flower market and the best fresh fish market in the Medina are just off the Place des Ferblanitiers. The Kosybar is a great hang-out right next to the Badi Palace. Personally I wouldn't be strolling down the derbs alone late at night. An anecdote - I don't know whether it's true or not - during the second world war, with France conquered and the German army advancing across North Africa, it was required of Morocco to extradite all Jews to France. Upon which the authorities stated "We have no Jews here, only Moroccans." And so no Jews were deported to almost certain death.

The Mellah, literally "The Salt", is the name given to all Jewish quarters in Moroccan cities, after the site in Fes which was a military salt depot, and which served as a ghetto for Jews following the ousting of the Moors from Spain.

Visited September 2013
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“Old Jewish Quarter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a facinating place to roam about . There are i understand about 40 very old jewish families living peacefully here. There are Hebrew writings on many houses . There is a spice and jewelery market. Only a couple of minutes walk from the Riad.

Visited July 2013
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“Where did it go?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Our guide took us through this part of the town and I was confused, like, "Where is it!?" Well, it is smaller and the Jewish population are pretty much non-existent, from the words of our guide. But I had a chance to go in to where they had worship but yeah, it was okay.

Visited June 2013
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“Sad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This is an area in the city were the Jews used to live. The large , once grand houses are all now derelict and the area is full of rubbish, debris and lots of kittens. I image it used to be very grand. Very interesting.

Visited August 2013
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“View how the Morrocans live”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The Mellah gives a great insight to a real functioning market that is not for tourists. Definitely worth bobbing in, but hold your nose in the meat market :-)

Visited July 2013
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