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Address: Essaouira, Morocco
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Old Moroccan Synagogue

There is plenty of history and interest in visiting this old Synagogue. The caretaker shows you round and tells fascinating histories about the community who lived here.

Reviewed 9 December 2015
Wheathampstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Simon Attias Synagogue was built in 1882 in former Mogador, now Essaouira In Rue Laalouj in the Kasbah, just beside the former British consulate. It is also known as the Bet Ha-Knesset Simon Attias, M'sod Attias and Shaarei T'filah. The synagogue was on the second floor. The building covers an area of 500 m² patio of 40m² in the... More 

Thank Tomi V
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

We walked to the Mellah during the day. We were advised to stay out of this area at night as it was the only unsafe place in the Medina. The famous Rabbi Haim Pinto lead the congregation here and the Synagogue has a very interesting history. There was a very knowledgeable lady who showed us around and explained the history.... More 

Thank Pruguy
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

If you venture in the Mellah quarter, this small synagogue it well worth visiting. The guide takes you round and give you an insight in the history.

Thank ettemar
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Reviewed 18 December 2015

We stumbled across the synagogue and were welcomed in by the caretaker who showed us around. Language-wise we got by with my old schoolgirl French and her few words of English. The place itself is more significant for what it represents - a degree of religious tolerance that seems to be sadly missing in many places these days - as... More 

Thank Koshkha
Wheathampstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 December 2015

There is plenty of history and interest in visiting this old Synagogue. The caretaker shows you round and tells fascinating histories about the community who lived here.

Thank Miriam14
Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 15 May 2015

There is a sign that invites you to visit the synagogue. It advertises a free visit . Actually there is nothing to visit . You climb up the narrow staircase to a small almost empty room. There is Nothing to see.

Thank Ghada S
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 December 2014

Although it was locked when we went there, a very nice woman (her family was the caretakers after the Jews had to leave) let us in. She showed us around, all of the rooms and the sanctuary. It was beautiful, and well worth the visit.

2 Thank curlsgirl
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

The building is a good sample of a Sephardi synagogue and is well worth a visit Unfortunately, though there doesn't seem to be any minyanim. The redevelopment described doesn't seem to be affecting the synagogue.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

this was quite a surprise . As we we started our trip this was the first example of the way that the Jewish community was once a real part of Moroccan culture . I was not looking for this but once inside it was fascinating.

1 Thank Joel S
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our guide helped us to find the synagogue and called the phone number of the caretaker to allow us in. Several others just passed by the door in a small alleyway, but we waited and he opened the door for us and several others who came by at the same time. Our guide explained that almost 50% of the community... More 

4 Thank Rick R

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