Medina of Tétouan, visit of the old jewish mellah, and rabbi Itshak ben walid
At this faithfully preserved medina off the Moroccan tourist circuit you can walk through six centuries of history in one day.
For true Tétouanians, the city’s identity is fundamentally Andalusian. The diversity of those refugees from Al-Andalus — Jews, Morisques, Mudejars — forms the essence of a single, united identity today.
The medina testifies to this great diversity. Because of its relatively small size, a visitor can walk through six centuries of history in one day: from the 14th-century Kasbah of Sidi al-Mandari, to the mosques of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the 20th century Jewish quarter. Each quarter bears the architectural stamps of its origin.
RABBI AMRAM BEN DIWAN
There are many fascinating stories of the yeshuos of those who were zoche to daven at the kever of the great tzadik and mekubal Reb Amram Ben Diwan in Morocco.
His kever has become a place of pilgrimage for all Moroccan Jews. Each year on Lag Ba Omer, thousands of Jews come to OUAZAN to make the pilgrimage to the tzion of the tzadik. Numerous miracles are said to have occurred there: Incurable illnesses have been healed, the blind have regained their sight,, the mute have found their voice, the paralyzed have returned home on their own, and infertile women have had children after having prayed there.
Asilah is a town on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, south of Tangier. Its old town, or medina, is enclosed by well-preserved 15th-century ramparts and gates, built by colonial Portuguese. The medina is an art hub, known for its murals and Moussem Culturel International d’Asilah, an annual festival. Venues include the exhibition space Centre de Hassan II Rencontres Internationales and early-20th-century Palais Raissouni.
Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 in the Rif mountains by Jews and Moors fleeing Spain. I heard a lot of different theories about why Chefchaouen is blue. Some say it was painted blue by the Jews who settled there after fleeing Hitler, others say it’s to keep the mosquitos away, while some just said it represents the color of the sea.I’m not sure which version is true, but it seems to have worked out well for Chefchaouen, as it sure looks good blue!
Lixus Ruins Set on a hill overlooking the Loukos Estuary, the Carthaginian and Roman ruins of Lixus are evocative reminders that settlements on this coast are among the oldest in the country. Megalithic
MedinaEntered through the tile-glazed Bab Al Khemis, a delightful Hispano-Moorish structure, Larache’s blue-and-white medina has changed little over the past century.