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Fes Jewish Mellah

Listed under Squares, Streets & Urban Spaces in Fes, Morocco.

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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 Christian militia, but the Jews were driven out of the old parts of Fes and ended up here. It's quite close to the king's palace though, which was supposed to help protect the inhabitants. One of the most unique features of the houses here are the decorations on their wooden doors, windows and balconies.

 

Written by  Esther Blume.

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