The Ibn Danan Synagogue (Arabic: معبد ابن دنان, Hebrew: בית הכנסת אבן דאנן) is a synagogue in Fes, Morocco, dating from the 17th century. It was built by Mimoun Ben Sidan, a wealthy merchant from the town of Ait Ishaq. The synagogue is located in the Mellah district within Fes el-Jdid, one of the components of the historic medina of Fes.
The synagogue was once only one of several inside the walls of Fes, and not the most elaborate. It is entered through a simple doorway indistinguishable from the doors of nearby houses. The door leads immediately to a short flight of stairs that lead into the high, rectangular space of the synagogue. The construction is masonry coated with plaster. The wooden ceiling is beamed and painted. The room is lit by small windows high in the walls. Photos taken in 1954 show a ceiling hung with numerous memorial lamps, now vanished. The walls are wainscotted with blue figured Moroccan tiles. The large Torah Ark, a cupboard filling the width of an entire wall, is made of carved wood. The wall above is decorated with intricately carved plaster work. Opposite the Torah Ark is a raised alcove, separated from the main prayer space by a wooden screen elaborately carved with a series of arches. It was intended as a seating area for the congregations more distinguished members. The bimah is accessed from this space, constructed as a small platform cantilevered out form the raised area. The wooden bimah is topped by a wrought iron canopy of Islamic-style arches and floral forms, culminating in a crown.
David Agut | Dec 18, 2017
It does not justify the trip to the Jewish quarter. But if you are there, the visit is interesting.
N'gnimbien Erwin | Dec 25, 2017
A profound jewish history
Rodrigo Bastias | Jan 24, 2017
I have been Traveling in the last 7 years, and I would like to say that this Place is extremely Beautiful! Even more when you are here! Full of Colours, its people and weather...AMAZING! Would you like to see more about all the places that I have been? CHECK MY PROFILE!
Itzik levy | May 4, 2017
the Jewish synagogue in madina its Site essential for a Jewish to visit to see how they used to pray at the time
Sander van Vliet | Jan 7, 2017
Small but okay synagogue to visit. Even after closing time we had a small tour though the synagogue. Expect a visit of approximately 20 minutes.
Mark Mandelbaum | Apr 8, 2018
Historic synagogue in the Fes Mellah (Jewish quarter) of the city. The community has largely disappeared from the city but the building is preserved and maintained.
Hala Dance | Jul 21, 2018
Nicely preserved historical icon. Hard to find because it's not well marked but the locals will happily guide you there.
Sam Schwartz | Aug 8, 2018
It's a beautiful place to visit very spiritual I loved it
Daniel Serrano | Aug 10, 2018
Mediocre at best, I don't understand the good ratings, nice architecture but the tour is given by a man that has no idea about the history of the place and doesn't speak English, you can see toys around the place like if there is a family living there, they said we could go to the terrace, which is just the roof of the place with clothes hanging around. Not worth the 20 dirham.
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