Marrakesh – Mellah

Mellah – Jewish quarters of Morocco are today mainly inhabited by Muslims. Mellahs were segregated communities where Moroccan Jews resided. They were placed near royal palaces or governor’s quarters in order to protect the community against rioting. Jews played a huge economic role in Moroccan history, but since the founding of Israel, most Moroccan Jews left the country fearing persecution, making aliyah out of conviction or seeking better economic opportunities. The souks here are way better than the tourist friendly ones near Jemaa el-Fna.

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Get your spices here in the Mellah. Take this advice.

Get your spices here in the Mellah. Take this advice.

A Riad - a traditional courtyard house. A must if you are going to stay in Marrakesh.

A Riad – a traditional courtyard house. A must if you are going to stay in Marrakesh.

This old synagogue is tucked in a small alley. This unassuming place of worship are like the Moroccan Jews themselves - a low key but peaceful coexistence. This synagogue here do not have armed guards like many synagogues in Europe. Here the residents know they are here and seem to accept their Jewish neighbors as their own.

This old synagogue is tucked in a small alley. This unassuming place of worship are like the Moroccan Jews themselves – a low key but peaceful coexistence. This synagogue here do not have armed guards like many synagogues in Europe. Here the residents know they are here and seem to accept their Jewish neighbors as their own.

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This sunset near this mosque is magnificent. Photography cannot capture the energy of this city.

This sunset near this mosque is magnificent. Photography cannot capture the energy of this city.


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