Mellah

Jewish Site in Fez El Jdid

In the 14th century, Fez El Jdid became a refuge for Jews, thus the creation of a mellah (Jewish quarter). The records suggest the move was orchestrated to offer the Jews greater protection, and they repaid the favour of the sultan with their loyalty during conflict. Around 250,000 Jews once lived here, but now only a handful remain in Fez – all in the Ville Nouvelle. Their old houses remain, with their open balconies looking onto the streets, a marked contrast to Muslim styles.

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