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Unexpected Gem

Walking in the area of the old Jewish quarter, a man walked in front of us and was gesturing to... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
998christinew
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Traralgon, Australia
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Synagogue being restored

This was delapidated for many years, and is only slowly being restored. We did not have the benefit... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2018
Rod F
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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Walking in the area of the old Jewish quarter, a man walked in front of us and was gesturing to come have a look in the building. We really weren’t sure !!! We followed him up the small staircase and he began to explain in...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 998christinew
Reviewed 11 April 2018

This was delapidated for many years, and is only slowly being restored. We did not have the benefit of a guide, so relied on the photographs to explain what had happened. Given its previous state, it is a veritable phoenix. The stairs to the upper...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We knew that the Jews, Muslims and Christians live in peace in Morocco and so wanted to find out more. The synagogue is at the bottom of the medina where there is loads of building and restoration to do. Only two extended Jewish families still...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Johncon13
Reviewed 20 March 2018

It is a shame the world isnt like this. The Muslim guide who looks after the Synagogue treats it it with great deference and respect which in today's difficult times is a joy. This little piece of history is worth a visit and is a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank MGFlower
Reviewed 16 January 2018

The synagogues in Essaouira were very hard to find but well worth the energy. The balcony looks out over the ocean. It looks in the process of being restored.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank _smcrane716
Reviewed 16 January 2018

of one of the few remaining Temples in the ancient city of Essaouira...whose history was a testement to a vibrant multi culture living comfortably side by side..This small mid 1800s temple is also a remarkable comment on one man's sense of preserving history..and commemorating the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Richard E
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Although the Synagogue was well-signposted it was at first difficult to find amidst the ruins and rubble in the old Jewish quarter Rue de Mellah, when I eventually arrived at the front door it was padlocked and no contact phone number visible to find the...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Benjamin B
Reviewed 30 May 2017

It is almost at the end of Mellah and is in old building. The area around it is of old buildings and most of them demolished.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Jivko V
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

This little synagogue is lovely! It's currently being restored, as it once sat empty for decades. However, we stopped in to escape the heat and read a bit about Moroccan Jewish history, which is endlessly interesting to me, and it's definitely worth checking out.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank abbiefayeolson
Reviewed 23 December 2016

It's possible to identify the mellah quarter by some weathered Stars of David above the doorways of some houses. What was unexpected was to find an active synagogue, surviving the exodus of most of the Jewish community. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank 16jamesdoc
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