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“Visit the Jewish cemetery and "museum" inside!”
Review of Fez Mellah

Fez Mellah
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US$1,419.78*
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7-Nights Private Tour: North of Morocco from Fez
Ranked #29 of 85 things to do in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 27, 2015

The mellah as a whole was interesting -- the balconies on architecture for the first time, for example. But the highlight of the district is the Jewish cemetery, which has a "museum" inside that is more like a huge yard sale or estate sale of people's things donated -- entire houses' worth, as families left the old city -- and piled inside the former synagogue. We asked at the other synagogue in the mellah for directions, and were a little daunted by the totally vacant entryway -- but someone came and greeted us, and showed us through the cemetery to the museum, and unlocked the museum for us! Even though it was only technically 15 minutes before their closing time, they invited us to look around for as long as we liked. The cemetery is beautiful in an austere way, and it's interesting to read some of the names on the tombstones. An old man at the front entrance asked my mother for a pen and refused to give it back, taking it as a tip (in addition to his actual tip).

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Reviewed December 1, 2015

While this is not a 'must see', it is worth a half hour to see inside the synagogue and the beautiful furnishings inside. I know little of Jewish-Fes history, but I find it significant, during this time of accusing Islam of terrible things, that the Jewish religion is tolerated and even allowed to be promoted. Most the original founders' families have gone to Israel, so this is a bit run down area, but it helps you get an idea of the full culture.

Thank Judybookdoc
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Reviewed October 13, 2015

Reading reviews of the old tannery I was expecting a terrible smell and took the mint leaves from the man at the entrance fully expecting the worst. Perhaps the wind was blowing the smell in another direction because, to me, it was barely noticeable. The tanneries were so interesting and it was incredible to think that this old method of leather production still exists.

Be prepared to feast your eyes on the leather goods for sale. We didn't experience hard selling but we did buy a couple of items!

Thank RJWal
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Reviewed October 12, 2015

Somewhat interesting neighborhood with balconies and ironwork but far more interesting sights in the medina. If pressed for time you can skip the mellah.

Thank jaybeeFL
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Reviewed September 29, 2015

This section of Fez used to be the old Jewish Quarter. Very few, if any, are still there as most have left for the US or Israel.

Thank BigoBoca
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