Esther Blume

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23rd September 2009

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  1. September 2009
  2. Esther Blume reviewed Attarine Medersa in Fes, Morocco

    The 14th Century Attarine Medersa is well known for its gates, inside which there's a lovely zellij patterned courtyard with a memorable fountain, surrounded by unusual square pillars.  The prayer hall has an impressive carved wooden dome, wh…"

  3. Esther Blume reviewed Sahrij Madrasa in Fes, Morocco

    Sahrij Madrasa is named for the mirror pool in the centre of its courtyard, which is called sahrij because it's an ablution pool.  It was built in 1321 but is still being used as students quarters.  Even non-Muslims can visit the courtyard thou…"

  4. Esther Blume reviewed Seffarine Madrasa in Fes, Morocco

    Seffarine Madrasa is the oldest madrasa in Fes, founded in 1271. This small building was built for the metalworkers, that's what the name means. The students had their accommodation in the ground floor around a courtyard decorated with glazed tiles and…"

  5. Esther Blume reviewed Nejjarine Museum and Square in Fes, Morocco

    The Nejjarine Museum, in Nejjarine Square is potentially more interesting for the building that it's housed in than for its exhibits. It used to be a fundoq which is an inn for travelling merchants, and they used to keep their animals in the stables dow…"

  6. Esther Blume reviewed Dar Batha Museum in Fes, Morocco

    The Dar Batha Museum is housed in a 19th Century summer palace built by Sultan Moulay al-Hassan I, and is worth visiting both for the palace and palace gardens and for the museum's collection, which is made up mostly of 18th Century Fassi pieces, includi…"

  7. Esther Blume reviewed Royal Palace of Fes in Fes, Morocco

    The Royal Palace of Fes isn't just a palace, its grounds include landscaped gardens, expansive grounds, a madrasa and several small mosques. The palace is known for having many delightful details, such as golden doors and brass knockered gates, intricat…"

  8. Esther Blume reviewed Souks of Fes in Fes, Morocco

    The Marché Centrale is where people do their main grocery shopping, topping up on specialities in Kaat Smen souk. Achbine Souk was once the place to source your traditional remedies, your chameleons in jars or snakeskins or gazelle's horns, but t…"

  9. Esther Blume reviewed Merenid tombs in Fes, Morocco

    There's not much left to see of this site, but it's a great place to come because of the view over the whole city and the ramparts, because they're right on the edge of the valley. While you're there you might as well pause to admire the two large, gate…"

  10. Esther Blume reviewed Tanneries of Fes in Fes, Morocco

    A lot of the soft leather Morocco is famous for producing comes from Fes. More correctly the tanner's quarter close to the Karaouine Mosque – you can't miss the smell of it, so approach at your peril of your palate. Visitors can get pretty close …"

  11. Esther Blume reviewed Fes Jewish Mellah in Fes, Morocco

    Fes's Jewish Mellah is the equivalent of a European Jewish ghetto, a walled area within which the Jewish community was forced to hole up. The mellah in Fes was the first to be established – it was originally built as a separate town for the Chris…"

  12. Esther Blume reviewed Zaouia Moulay Idriss II in Fes, Morocco

    Moulay Idriss II was the ruler of Morocco in the 9th Century and was the founder of the second city of Fes. Five Centuries after his death an un-decomposed body was found that was believed to be that of Moulay Idriss II and a shrine and mausoleum was bu…"

  13. Esther Blume reviewed Essaouira's Port (Skala du Port) in Essaouira, Morocco

    Skala du Port is the military bit of the port, you can tell because of all the cannons. The tower was built by the Portuguese, you might be familiar with the look of it if you've watched Orson Wells' version of Othello. From here you get a good view ba…"

  14. Esther Blume reviewed Essaouira Museum in Essaouira, Morocco

    Essaouira Museum houses a small collection of locally produced or found treasures, including carpets, tradition textiles and dress, jewellery and other metalwork, weapons, musical instruments and the other historically interesting detritus of every day l…"

  15. Esther Blume reviewed Bahia Palace in Marrakech, Morocco

    The Bahia Palace was built to be the greatest palace of its time, to capture the convergence of the Islamic and Moroccan styles at its most beautiful, however in reality the palace suffered from poor planning, so never became as great or beautiful as it …"

  16. Esther Blume reviewed Bab Agnaou in Marrakech, Morocco

    There are 19 gates in the old city of Marrakech, Bab Agnaou is one of them, letting you into the kasbah on the southern end of the medina, which is where the El Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs are. Built in the 12th Century the gate is worth visiting …"

  17. Esther Blume reviewed The Museum of Marrakech in Marrakech, Morocco

    One of the most spectacular exhibits in this museum is the building it's housed in: the Dar Menebhi Palace, which has been carefully restored to its 19th Century glory of intricate tile work and carvings decorating courtyards, fountains and halls lined w…"

  18. Esther Blume reviewed Dar Si Saïd Museum of Moroccan Arts in Marrakech, Morocco

    The pieces in the Dar Si Saïd Museum of Moroccan Arts are a fascinating collection of the implements of ancient life, as well as being prime examples of their kind. From weapons to kitchen implements, to copperware to robes and textiles and jewelle…"

  19. Esther Blume reviewed El Badi Palace in Marrakech, Morocco

    The name of this palace translates to mean 'The Incomparable Palace', though sadly now only the remains of it's original incomparable-ness survive. Built by the Saadian King, Ahmad al-Mansur in the 16th Century, it originally had 360 rooms arranged arou…"

  20. Esther Blume reviewed Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech, Morocco

    Djemaa el-Fna translates to Assembly of the Dead. Which sounds a lot grimmer and less lively than the place itself: one of the largest squares in Marrakech's medina, and the main one as far as both locals and tourists are concerned. During the day it s…"

  21. Esther Blume reviewed Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Morocco

    Built in the 12th Century, this is the largest mosque in Marrakech, built below an impressive minaret tower, large and square, which can be seen from all over the city: it's 69metres high, in the red clay of most of the old city. Inside it are six chamb…"

  22. March 2009
  23. Esther Blume reviewed Saadian Tombs in Marrakech, Morocco

    These tombs are from the 16th century, and were sealed up within a mosque and hidden by Marrakech’s expansion until 1917 when the detail of their decorative beauty was rediscovered – the standard of decoration and the tiling are often compare…"