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Marrakech



Marrakech
Introduction

1. Jemaa al-Fna

2. Artists

3. Juice and barbecue

4. The great suuqs

5. Crafts

6. Shopping

7. Mosque of Koutoubia

8. Ben Youssef

9. El-Bahia palace

10. Almoravid koubba

11. Saadian Tombs

12. El-Badi Palace

13. Dar Si Said

14. Menara gardens

15. Majorelle gardens

16. Agdal garden

17. Mellah and Mi‚ara

18. City ramparts

19. Palm gardens

20. Modern streets

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MARRAKECH
Mellah and Mi‚ara

Jewish cemetery, Marrakech, Morocco


Jewish cemetery, Marrakech, Morocco

The Mellah, Marrakech, Morocco


Marrakech once was the home of a large Jewish population, today there are only about 250 left.
The Mellah was established in 1558. The establishment of a Mellah was due to Muslim sensitiveness, not allowing Jews inside the medina walls, allegedly because of their use of interests on loans. The Jews were not allowed to own land or property, and only permitted outside the Mellah barefoot, and definitely not on horseback.
There are several synagogues around the Mellah, mainly interesting for being totally unremarkable. This may well be the only natural result of the way Jews were treated.
Right next to it lies the cemetery, known as Mi‚ara with a large plain of white tombs, most with Hebrew writing, some even with images of the deceased. These grounds date back to the early 17th century. There are 11 Jewish marabouts, tsadik, buried here.





By Tore Kjeilen