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“Strangest of places”

Moulay Abdellah Quarter
Ranked #9 of 77 things to do in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Strangest of places”
Reviewed 3 July 2012

I saw this from a roof top of a leather shop that wanted to give us a tour and show us the tannery in hope we would buy some of their goods. We didnt and that didnt please the owner but who cares :)

Anyway you MUST see this. It is such a strange experience. The smell is so over powering but you can quickly get used to it if you have a strong tolerance. Have someone explain to you the process from A to Z and you will be fascinated. Just amazing how leather is made in this way.

The owner told us that this place is a cooperative and everyday a new family comes to make leather. There is no central ownership so it helps the poor make their way up. If you are in Fes, i would recommend you get a tour guide and once you do make sure he/she takes you to this spot.

Visited June 2012
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“A visit is recommended but in wintertime”
Reviewed 10 May 2012

This is probably one of the "most wanted" places in whole Fez but a visit is highly recommended in wintertime and also if you have time to spend (and you're not in a hurry).
At the entrance you'll get fresh mint to put under the nose in case the smell can cause you some stomach problems but when I visited this place I was terribly lucky cause even it was a sunnyday the air was fresh and windy too.
I spent lot of time taking picture of the hard work inside the tanneries, and also had time to drink a mint tea while I was choosing leather goods (of a very good quality).
The dyes used in the tanneries are made of natural materials: a pungent mixture of pigeon poo, acids and cow urine. 100% eco!!!

Visited December 2011
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