Jewish Essouira

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Essouria, Morocco

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HelenP HelenP
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Jewish Essouira Feb 10, 2013
The Mellah:

Mellah is the term for the jewish quarter. All the jews who lived here headed to isreal in the fifites and sixties and the place has been either demolished or what remains are neglected homes of the poorest residents in Essouira. It did not feel edgy though and I felt safe to wander arond with my camera..

However it was not good for photos, apart from shots of derelict doorways.

But there was one exception, and that was the old synagogue. It was not only still there but open for visitors. And it is very much intact. In fact it is still used by visitors and jews who come in from the surrounding areas.

The Old Jewish Cemetery:

I am not sure what I was expecting, probably something like the ornate graves in Zagreb's cemetatry or like the french graveyards, with pictures of the dead behind glass or etched onto the stone.

It was quite different. very stark in fact. The graves were plain rectangles of stone, about 3ft high with names and sometimes hebrew script and a star marked on the top. No grass. no flowers. no ornate tombstones. I think that it was quite fitting as we are all equalled in death.

the Mellah
Essouira Synagogue
Essouira Synagogue
Essouira Synagogue
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