- Visit of the Mellah: former Jewish quarter of Marrakesh
- Share, understand and appreciate the potential of the coexistence of the two Jewish and Muslim cultural and religious entities.
- Discover the synagogue
Marrakech Mellah Tour let you explore the jewish community that has been always a part of the Moroccan history. Judaism has made its way to the various cities of Morocco since the third century BC, that is, before Christianity and Islam. In 1558, by order of the sultan Moulay Abd Al Gharib Bi Allah a new Jewish quarter was created near the Kasbah and the royal palace of Marrakesh to bring together and protect all the Jews. This neighborhood is called Mellah.
The Mellah is a suare of 18 hectares. It was home to 15,000 souls and was considered the largest Mellah in Morocco. It was surrounded with a wall with two gates, one giving access to the cemetery and the other to the city. Composed of Fondouks, synagogues and shopping streets; the Mellah was a meeting place for bargains, and it is still there. This is where you find all the natural beauty products, jewelry, fabrics and many other products.
The synagogue "Salat El Azama", whose name means: The Synagogue of the Dissidents was built in 1492 at the time of the immigration of the Jews from Spain. Located in the heart of the Mellah of Marrakech, this synagogue is considered one of the most beautiful of Morocco, but especially of the oldest in the world. It is integrated into a group of buildings built around a large central courtyard, reserving on the floor above the place of worship, a Yeshiva, classrooms where children were taught the Torah. Currently, the house is inhabited by a Muslim family to whom the custody of the place has been entrusted.
The Jewish cemetery of Miaara dates from the 16th century and represents the largest Jewish cemetery in Morocco. It is located next to the Muslim cemetery of Marrakesh. Accordingly, in the "Minhaggim" (customs) proper to the Jews of Marrakesh, this cemetery is divided into three sections, one for men, one for women, and one for children. It houses the tombs of important rabbis who have marked the history of Moroccan Judaism. There are different styles of tombs: all white, triangular, of Andalusian style or more typical of imperial cities like Marrakesh.
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