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“Awkward smell”

Moulay Abdellah Quarter
Ranked #10 of 81 things to do in Fes
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Novi Pazar, Serbia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Awkward smell”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Its great for everyone to go and see this place, but if you are with weak stomach, then its better to hurry up.

Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Take your camera!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Don't miss this attraction - especially if you love visual feasts! There are great big vats of liquid chemicals and colours where the skins are gradually transformed from tough visceral sheets to supple skins of coloured leather. Men work on and in the vats (many with their arms and legs the colour of the dyes they are working with), carrying out a multitude of tasks, all of which would qualify for my 'worst job in the world' award.
You don't need a guide to the tannery unless you want the box and dice about the history and process (but you can get that from the internet anyway). Just enter any one of the leather shops along the road next to the tannery, and head up the stairs. They all have a balcony area above the action where you can view all the activity in great detail, and get some inspiring photos of the medieval processes involved. If you're looking to buy, the owner will be happy to help. If not, you might like to give a little tip for the use of the balcony, but it's not necessary unless agreed at the door.
There are two basic areas - the preparation vats and the colouring vats. We went into two different leather shops about 50 metres apart to get the best view over each.
It's a little bit smelly, but grab a handful of mint and breathe through that if you are sensitive to it.

Visited May 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
559 reviews
128 attraction reviews
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“A hive of activity.”
Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

A must to view, if you can stand the smell, although a bunch of mint to put under your nostrils is supplied. Vast working area, and very interesting. Not certain that the leather made into many items on sale in the on site showrooms, is of good quality.

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Edmonton, Canada
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

If in Fez, a must stop to see. Very interesting to see the process and the real Moroccans working and living.

Visited November 2013
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Katonah, NY
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“Cool!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

I love seeing medieval life in action, and this place is perfect in that respect. This is the real McCoy, not a tourist re enactment. We were taken through a maze of shops, given mint to hold in front of our noses (though it wasn't that smelly in mid April), then we were shown a really good viewing spot. A man who worked in the shop explained the process to us. We tried to tip,him, and he wouldn't accept. We did end up buying a small item, but we weren't pushed into anything. The various pits are colorful, and the men who were working below were doing a horrible job when we were there, scraping the muck off the hides to make them more supple. Our teens were fascinated, and we all agreed it was a spectacular thing to behold. Do not miss this while in Fes.

Visited April 2014
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