Large windows and open balconies signified our arrival to the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter in Fes Morocco. These dwellings stand in contrast to the typical homes of Muslim families with their often small and hidden windows.
Jewish history in Morocco dates back to the 8th-century, and as recently as 100 years ago over 250,000 Jews lived in Morocco. Substantial emigration began with the establishment of the state of Isreal in 1948, and the Sephardic communities in Morocco declined dramatically. Today it is estimated that only 3,000 Jews remain in Morocco, most in Casablanca with only 150 still in Fes.
Take a Fes Tour that Includes the Jewish Quarter
|Fes Guided Tour||Al Quaraouin University, Batha Museum, Blue Gate|
Chouara Tannery, Fez Medina, Ibn Danan Synagogue, Jewish Quarter
Jnan Sbil garden, Nejjarine Square, Royal Palace Gate
|Half to Full Day|
|Fes Walking Medina Excursion from Casablanca||Al Quaraouin University, Batha Museum, Blue Gate|
Bou Inania Medersa, Henna Souk, Jewish Quarter
Nejjarine Square and Museum, Tannery
Optional Cooking Class
|Cultural and Historical Tour||Al Quaraouin University, Bou Inania Medersa, Ceramics School|
Ibn Danan Synagogue, Jewish Quarter, Jnan Sbil garden
Moulay Idriss II Mausoleum, Nejjarine Museum
Royal Palace Gate, Tannery
|Old City Private Tour & Lunch with Local Family||Al Quaraouin University, Arms Museum, Blue Gate, Ceramics School|
Jewish Quarter, Jnan Sbil garden, Moulay Idriss II Mausoleum
Lunch with a Moroccan family
|Fez Private Tour from Casablanca||Al Quaraouin University, Blue Gate, Bou Inania Medersa|
Ibn Danan Synagogue, Jewish Quarter
Moulay Idriss II Mausoleum, Nejjarine Square, Tannery
Practical Information on Visiting Fes
- We have visited Fes twice, as it is my favourite of the imperial cities in Morocco (Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, Meknes, and Fes).
- The Mellah (old Jewish quarter) is near the royal palace and well outside the old medina.
- You will need to locate the caretaker if you want to enter the synagogue.
- Since 1999, the Jewish quarter of Fes has been slowly undergoing restoration with the aid of UNESCO funds.
- This short video highlights the history of Jews in Morocco.
- We stayed at Riad Al Atik in the old medina and recommend it if you are looking for a more traditional stay. If you prefer a more western experience, there is a Marriott and a Ramada in town.
Have you been to the old Jewish Quarter in Fes? Did you know it existed?
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