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  • Paula M
    Aix-en-Provence, France224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly fascinating but do not try it without a guide. Hundreds of dead-end streets and very narrow and crowded. The tanneries are worth the trip.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Danny S
    Sugar City, ID15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely my favorite site in all of Fez. We went in the late afternoon and had the place to ourselves. Due to recent restoration work, this was the best preserved of the three madrasas we visited that day. The masonry and carpentry wonderfully done. The dormitory rooms on the second and third floors provide some good views of the streets below and the Kairouan University/mosque nearby.
    Written 6 February 2024
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  • Danny S
    Sugar City, ID15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Of the Fez madrasas, this one is unique in that it is still adjoined to a working mosque which provides an added element not seen at some of the others. Also because of this, access is limited. It is widely considered among the finest instances of Marinid architecture in Fez. Excellent examples of masonry, carpentry, and craftmenship.
    Written 6 February 2024
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  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, NY803 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Fes el Bali Medina is one of the best in the world! There is everything there. So many cool sights, markets with fruits, clothes, souvenirs, leather goods, etc. The Fes el Bali Medina is incredible! It is a must see and you can’t miss it. I highly recommend for a “real” taste of Morocco!
    Written 19 November 2023
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  • Jeff T
    Doha, Qatar524 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic spot to visit in Fes. The smell is not nearly as bad as before due to the process starting later (the raw hides are stored elsewhere before being brought in). We went during winter so the temperature kept the smell down as well. Watching the work is mesmerizing as you see the process of turning the raw materials into smooth durable leather. The real danger comes after the tour when they try to ell you something. The smell of your money overpowers the leather tanning process! Bargaining is a full contact sport so be aggressive and prepared to walk away if you don't get a price you like. Remember, there is nothing there you have to leave with...
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On my first day in Fes, I used this beautiful gate as my reference point to go back to my riad. There are lots do behind these Gate: eating at restaurants, shopping, buying Moroccan sweets, visiting tourist attractions, watching people passing by, etc.

    Noted that this Gate has 2 colors: Blue on one side, green on the other side. In front of this Gate are the modern parts of Fes.
    Written 11 October 2023
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  • Jo Anne
    Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting mosque with mosaics and coloured stones and designs. Wall after wall of colourful mosaics with beautiful symmetry in architecture and art.
    Written 22 November 2023
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  • Rschagrin
    Delray Beach, FL17,176 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the area where the leather tannery coop is located surrounded by an abundance of leather stores. They give you a mint leaf to counters act the smell of the bird poop they use in the tanning process.
    Written 10 March 2023
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  • gipsona1
    Aylesford, UK176 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is not much to see itself, but the location does provide some great views over the city and mountains- i went mod morning but appparently great place to see sunrise
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • Jo Anne
    Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful mosaics displayed in old buildings with an impressive fountain displayed in the old quarters. Many impressive buildings are viewed with nice detailing in the architectural design.
    Written 8 November 2023
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  • Jo Anne
    Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This city has more to explore with dates and spices with aromatic fragrance in the air. Located in the Jewish quarter, narrow streets and many carts selling their wares.
    Written 9 November 2023
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We passed by this place while driving from the Train Station to my riad inside the medina. Our taxi driver, in his broken English, told us to visit before it leaving Fes. As most TA reviewers are saying, only the outside areas can be visited at this time. Excellent background for photo shoots!
    Written 12 October 2023
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This attraction is a neighborhood located just outside the Old Medina. It has stores and shops like those of the Medina, but not as big. Took several pictures of items that interest me, no buying, just looking around.
    Written 14 October 2023
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  • BobPraz
    Toronto, Canada231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The palace itself is a fascinating architectural treasure from the late 19th and early 20th century. There are two main courtyards with rooms branching off them, each with sumptuous decoration, some of it in a semi-dilapidated state. This is not an official government-run site, but a private mansion that the owner has opened to visitors. The price is nonetheless constant and the owner doesn't pressure you into anything (unlike some other private sites where the guardian might cite an arbitrary price, or you have to negotiate with a shopkeeper, etc). I think it was 30 dirhams, if I remember correctly.

    Because it's not under government control, it hasn't undergone the extensive (and occasionally heavy-handed) restorations that other historic monuments have. That's a big part of what actually makes this place interesting, not to mention the complete lack of crowds. Myself and my partner enjoyed it the quiet, faded opulence. It's safe, though the building is indeed in urgent need of care. Some areas are showing clear signs of damage, but some rooms still look in great condition.

    There are things that visitors may find troubling or off-putting, and I frankly don't know enough context to judge further. It's well known that the palace is in decay because it's privately owned and restoration would require a lot of time and money. You can see from earlier photos that one of the two beautiful wooden balconies in the second courtyard collapsed in recent years (the wall where it was once attached has since been plastered over), and the other one is now showing cracks too. The only hope for rescue at this point would surely be a government or international intervention. There was also indeed a dog being kept in the fountain inside the first courtyard when we were there, which barked constantly while we were nearby. It was a hot day so it must have been uncomfortable for it. It seemed in good health, so I don't know if it's otherwise mistreated. I suspect the owner keeps it there during visiting hours and perhaps keeps it as a guard dog the rest of the time.

    Optimistically speaking, perhaps the steady trickle of visitors will encourage someone to finally rescue the building. You'll have to decide for yourself though if some of the issues above would put you off from visiting.
    Written 7 July 2023
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  • Dennis B
    Nokomis, FL60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was our return visit after 4 years and so glad we came back. Ali, our host is as delightful and accommodating as ever. This palace is still in the throws of restoration but the staff make you feel most welcome. An easy walk from Bab Ziat (gate) of the Medina and 15 minute walk t the souk. Breakfast was tasty and plentiful at about $6 US; assorted pastries, juice, tea, coffee, egg, butter, cheese, jam. Our suite included queen bed, plenty of seating/liing area, bath with plenty of hot water. Table and chairs in the courtyard. Stayed 6 nights and we will be back again for sure.
    Written 17 April 2023
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