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Fès: highlights

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Tannerie

The tanneries quarter is one of the most striking sites in the Medina. Here, medieval tanneries are used to treat leather with little change from the process used in the sixteenth-century, when Fez took over from Cordoba as the leading leather producer. There is a fascinating ... rotation of colours in enormous honeycombed vats – yellow for turmeric, red for puppy, blue for indigo, green for mint and black for antimony. Barefoot workers in shorts pick up skins from the bottom of the dying vats and then work them manually. Skins are then spread out to dry on the rooftops.The tanneries are open for tourists, with an admission fee of 10dh. The best time to visit is during the morning as there is most activity. To get the best view of the whole process, and avoid the terrible stench, get a view from the terraces overlooking the vats.

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Bab Bou Jeloud

Bab Bou Jeloud Located west of Dar Al-Batha, the enclosure door opens to Fez el-Bali. Built in the twelfth century and restored around 1913, it is blue enamel (color of Fes) outside and green (color of Islam) on the inside. Bab Boujloud is considered the most beautiful ... gate entrance to Fes el Bali. Its surrounding area is a place packed with stalls and cafes where locals meet and talk.The gate itself is comparatively recent compared to the surrounding area. In fact, it is some 1000 years younger than the rest of the medina. It was only built in 1913 by General Hubert Lyautey, Moroccan commander under the French protectorate.Bab Boujloud has beautiful blue tiled facades facing the ramparts on the outside and green in the interior, facing the Medina.

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Zuoia Moly Idriss Mesolie

The zaouia of Moulay Idriss II First saint of Fez. Access is prohibited to non-Muslims. But going around the left from the door of women, can be seen by either opening the courtyard of the mosque, then the room housing the tomb of the founder and patron saint of the city, Idriss II. ... The Zaouia of Moulay Idriss is one of the holiest shrines in Fez. Originally built by the Idrissi Dynasty in the 6th century to honour their founder, it has been restored by the Merenid rulers in the 13th century. Moulay Idriss II is considered a saint and has a particularly large following among women seeking fertility and pilgrims hoping for good luck. They burn candles and proceed to touch the tomb of the saint to get some of his baraka, the magical blessing. Although non-Muslims are not allowed to enter, you can walk around the outside of the zaouia, get a glimpse inside and see the tomb of the saint.

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Mosque Karaouiyne Founded in 857 in the district of refugees Kairouan, then enlarged in the twelfth sovereign Almoravid Ali Ben Youssef Mosque Karaouine Formerly home to twenty thousand faithful. It became, therefore, one of the largest mosques in the Maghreb. Renowned ... university, it is also the oldest center for religious education. From the entrance, tourists non-Muslims can see the large courtyard and two kiosks with marble columns reminiscent of the Court of Lions Alhambra Palace in Granada.

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The Madrasah al Atarin

Built in 1325 by Sultan Abu Said, The Madrasah al Atarin Built between 1323 and 1325 during the reign of the Merinid Sultan Abou Saïd, many consider this to be the most beautiful Medersa in Fez. From its bronze double-doors to its interior courtyard encircled by fine marble and alabaster columns, from its cedar wood ... awning to its white marble ablutions fountain with its zellij rose motif, the Medersa is a true masterpiece art treasures of Merinid. The roof of the madrasa provides an interesting perspective on the inner courtyard of the mosque Karaouiyne neighbor, and allows to observe life on the terraces of the city. After the Bou Inania Medersa, The Medersa el Attarin is the most accomplished of Fez medieval Islamic schools. It was completed by the Medernid Sultan Abou Said in 1325 and thus one of the most ancient in town. The layout of the medersa is very similar to the Bou Inania, with an entrance hall opening onto a courtyard with a fountain and further ahead a prayer hall. Surrounding the courtyard, around the second floor, are student cells. The medersa has profusion and variety of pattering that makes it one of the most complex in Fez. Stop at the entrance hall and enjoy the unique zellij decoration, a complex circular pattern that combines pentagons and five-pointed stars. In the courtyard, you will notice a change to a combination of eight and ten-pointed stars, a testament to the work of different master craftsmen. The Medersa el Attarin is open to the public daily from 8:30 to 17:00. Admission fee is 10dh.

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The Madrasah Bou Inania

Madrasah Bou Inania Built between 1350 and 1357 by Sultan Abu Inan, the madrasa was the last built by the Merinids. Wide, it offers in terms of multiple stories of architecture Merinid (set in bronze, marble and onyx, cedar paneling, windows topped with stalactites ...). This madrasa is currently ... the only religious building in Morocco open to non-Muslims. The Bou Inania Medersa is one of the most beautiful and extravagant monuments in Fez. This Merenid monument is infinitely splendid and almost perfect in every aspect – its carved cedar is a masterpiece of handcrafted sculpture involving endless hours of pinpoint concentration. The Medersa shares its name with the powerful first ruler of the Merenid Dynasty, Sultan Abu Inane. The Sultan completed – although he did not initiate – the building of the medersa between 1351 and 1358 and its twin sister by the same name in Meknes. The layout of the medersa is similar in design to many mansions in Fez: a large courtyard opening into an oratory and surrounded by halls. The courtyard holds much of the extravagant decoration that covers every possible surface. Cedar eaves and the upper patio walls are carved in floral and geometrical motifs, mid-level walls carved in stucco and the lower walls covered with geometrical designs and an elegant Kufi script praising the Sultan. The Bou Inania Medersa is open daily from 8:30 to 17:00. There is a standard admission entrance fee of 10dh.

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The Medersa es Seffarine

The Medersa es Seffarine is the most ancient of Fez many medersas. It was built in 1285, forty-two years before the more prestigious Bou Inania Medersa.Unlike other Medersas in the medina, the es Seffarine is essentially a traditional Fassi house: it opens onto a courtyard ... with an arched balcony above and a grand prayer hall further ahead.The medersa is still used to house students of the Kairaouine college but you’re always welcome to have a look at any time without a charge.

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Medersa es Sahrija

The Medersa es Sahrija is the most interesting monument in the Andalous Quarter in Fes el Bali. In fact, it is regarded as the third finest medersa in Fez, behind the Bou Inania and el Attarin.Medersa es Sahrija was built in 1321 by Sultan Abou el Hassan, the temporary of the medersa ... in Meknes which it resembles to a great extent.The medersa is named for the pool (or sahrij) on which its patio is centred. There is a great variety and range of the original decoration still intact. The zellij work is one of the oldest in the country, and the cedar carvings, a particularly rich chocolate colour late, dates back to the Almohads and Almoravids.

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The Medersa Cherratine

The Medersa Cherratine dates back from 1670, built by the founder of the Alaouite dynasty Moulay Rachid.This medersa differs from all other medersas in Fez with its functional style. The design is based on four courtyards, with student cells based round three corners and the latrines ... round the fourth. The craftsmanship is also significantly less complex and varied than the Bou Inania or el Attarin. The Medersa Cherratine is open daily to the public from 6:00 to 20:00. Admission entrance fee is 10dh.

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Mellah

In Morocco, this term refers to any Jewish district, and comes from the word "Melh" (salt). The Mellah of Fez, thought to be the earliest in Morocco, is located in El Yahoudi district in the north of the city. The area used to bustle with life around ... small businesses, goldsmiths’ workshops (once a Jewish speciality), synagogues and Talmudic schools., Nowadays, however, the district is largely inhabited by Muslims, mostly coming from the countryside and newly settled in the city. Among the historic sites bearing witness to seven centuries of Jewish life are the Chief Rabbi’s house, the Danan Synagogue and the Jewish cemetery located at one end of the district.

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The "Dar el-Makhzen"

The "Dar el-Makhzen" Access to the Royal Palace by the position of Alawi. A monumental gate, restored to nine, marks the official entry of this area includes several palaces decorations of great ... workmanship, places of arms, a menagerie, a qubba, a mosque, a madrasah and gardens closed Lalla Mina.

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The mosque Andalus

The mosque Andalus You can find this area by the tanneries Chouara or Bab Ftouh. Founded in the ninth century, the Andalusian Mosque was originally a mere oratory. It is famous for its great north gate, decorated with tiles and a carved wooden canopy.

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The Danan Synagogue


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