Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery in Fez

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The southwest corner of the mellah (Jewish quarter) is home to the sea of blindingly white tombs that stretch down the hill; those in dedicated enclosures are tombs of rabbis. One of the oldest, high up against the north wall, is that of Rabbi Vidal Hasserfaty, who died in 1600. The cemetery is still in use and has guardians. A warning: some dodgy characters hang around this area of the mellah – if you are offered entry to the cemetery after hours, respectfully decline.

On the slope below Vidal Hasserfaty's tomb, not far from the main entrance, the large tomb with green trimming is that of the martyr Solica. In 1834 this 14-year-old girl refused to convert to Islam or accept the advances of the governor of Tangier and subsequently had her throat slit. There's also a small synagogue on-site, but it's often locked so ask the guardians if you want to see inside.

Entry to the cemetery is via the southeastern street that runs parallel to Rue des Mérinides.


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