Meknes

Meknes the imperial

Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco, located in northern central Morocco and the sixth largest city by population in the kingdom. Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknes became a capital under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672–1727), the founder of the Alaouite dynasty. Sultan Moulay Ismaïl turned it into an impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls with great doors, where the harmonious blending of the Islamic and European styles of the 17th century Maghreb are still evident today. The urban population is estimated at more than 650,000 with the metropolitan population close to 1,000,000. It is the seat of... Show more

EL MELLAH

The Jews of Meknes knew that the old Jewish quarter - that of the Middle Ages - stood on the other side of the medina, at a place called At-Tawra, which is probably an abbreviation for Harat Ahl at-tawrat Of the followers of the Torah). Other Jews, probably the Spanish exiles, lived in the heart of the Moslem city, in the Rue du Fuseau, behind the mosque of Lalla Aouda, near the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.

Moulay Israil shaved old merinid districts, erected great monuments and palaces and ordered the Jews to regroup in a new district that he had them buy. Construction was entrusted to his Christian slaves. This is the old mellah.

The diplomatic representatives of the time described this... Show more