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April 15, 2022

Fès: The Roots of Moroccan Culture - Ep. 8

Fès: The Roots of Moroccan Culture - Ep. 8
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Fès: The original. Where everything started.

The first imperial capital, the roots of Moroccan culture, famous for its mixing of religious and cultural heritage.

The capital city of Moroccan crafts, from carvings and jewellery to tanneries, and a former political capital as one of the four Imperial cities of Moroccan royalty.

Our episode today explores the medina, the souks, madrassas and Jewish heritage sites of Fès, a city reknowned for its multicultural influences. It's always at the top of the list for any international traveller, and indeed part of the charm is in its mystique and labyrinthian streets.

But we don't want you to get too lost, so our episode today helps you prepare and get your bearings, before you start to wander. 

You're about to learn:

  • The three principal tourist areas of Fès:

- Fès el Bali (the old city).
- Fès el Jdid (the new city) and the neighbouring Jewish Quarter.
- La Ville nouvelle (the modern city).

  • Why the houses may seem plain on the outside, but are so beautiful on the inside.
  • Fès' Jewish heritage, and how Berber, Jewish and Arab cuisines mixed together.
  • Some of the local delicacies, particularly cooked salads and Moroccan pastilla.
  • The traditional black ovens used to cook bread and filo pastries.
  • The importance of madrassas (Koranic schools), and how you can visit them.

The souks recommended in the episode:

  • Souk el Henna
  • Boujloud Souk
  • Souk Al-Attarine
  • the souk at R'cif Square
  • Souk Mejjadliene
  • Souk Serrajine

The madrassas recommended in the episode:

  • Al-Attarine
  • Bou Inania
  • Sahrij
  • Saffarin

The museums recommended in the episode:

  • Musée des armes
  • Batha museum
  • Riad Belghazi museum
  • Nejjarine museum
  • Tazi art gallery
  • Mohamed Kacimi art gallery

Now is the time to visit, and Destination Morocco is in fact offering a special Jewish-themed guided tour, July 17-26, incorporating Jewish heritage highlights, in addition to regular popular sights.

All the details and a special rate for podcast listeners can be found here:

This Episode is sponsored by:

Travel Anywhere - One stop for all your travel needs.

Resources Mentioned in this episode:

Fès, Morocco

Fès tanneries

Moroccan craftsmanship, in many forms!

Somewhere inside Moroccan souks

Mellah (Jewish Quarter) of Fès

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