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About the guru Az-eddine
I was born and raised in Marrakech. I invite you to discover Marrakech and other cities of the Morocco during guided tours.Passionate about heritage,I guide your steps in the city and help you to look at it,understand it and love it.In neighborhoods,as in monuments and museums, I am keen to offer you original routes,to show you these places from unusual angles.My visits are ... More »
I was born and raised in Marrakech. I invite you to discover Marrakech and other cities of the Morocco during guided tours.Passionate about heritage,I guide your steps in the city and help you to look at it,understand it and love it.In neighborhoods,as in monuments and museums, I am keen to offer you original routes,to show you these places from unusual angles.My visits are aimed at both individuals & groups. I hold a BTS in Hospitality and Tourist Animation from the Higher Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, and since 2001 that I work in the tourism sector where I was able to hold several positions.
About the tour
Explore the narrow alleys of Mellah were once home to the city's Jewish population, with a local, as seen in landmarks like the Lazama Synagogue, with its tiled courtyard and exhibits on Jewish life.
the Mellah is a term used to describe an area of residents of Jewish origin. It is generally surrounded by high walls to separate them from other population such as Christians and Muslims. Since 1438, following the great wave of immigration of Jews from Spain fleeing the persecutions of the Reconquista, several urban mellahs were created on the Moroccan territory. From Fez to Meknès, from Essaouira to Taroudant, from Rabat and Sale, and in Marrakech. The Mellah of Marrakech is considered as one of the largest in Morocco. By its history and geography, it surprises and impresses us until its recent renewal wanted by King Mohamed VI. Even if the presence of Jews has been documented since the 2nd century, the Jewish Mellah of Marrakech has only been recognized as such since 1558, the date of its creation by the authorities.
A well-tended courtyard surrounds the Lazama Synagogue. Around the outer edges are curtains offering privacy to the members who live there. Beautiful hand-laid tiles covered many of the walls, often between the curtains. Colour and patterns reflect the Jewish atmosphere, as does the Hebrew letters along the upper edge of the walls. While mostly blues and white are used in this courtyard. A mezuzah hangs on the doorframe at the entrance to Lazama Synagogue. A mezuzah is a piece of parchment often in a decorative case. It is inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah. Typically, a mezuzah is hung at the door of a Jewish home. In addition, some wear a mezuzah charm around their neck for protection.
Dating from the 16th century, is the largest Jewish cemetery in Morocco. Divided into 3 distinct edges (men, women, children), it is the only one to be so because of the singular custom (minhaggim) of the Jews of the city of Marrakech.
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