This small town perched on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, is a simple city in every sense. It is easy to walk, easy to find nice restaurants and cafes and easy to fall in love with the charm and slow pace of life.
Essaouira was declared a World Heritage Site. This old walled town maintains the charm and authenticity of a land that has remained untouched by the pass of time.
Inside the walls you will find the old city, the Medina and within the Medina its small mellah. Sadly, a big part of the houses are in a ruined state however the authorities have started a slow process to recover the area starting by the most precious buildings: the ancient synagogues.
In the recent years the restoration works on three synagogues have been completed: the Haim Pinto Synagogue, the Simon Attias Synagogue and the Slat Lkahal synagogue. The three shine like in the past and offer a great vision of the role the Jewish community had in the city.
The Simon Attia synagogue is one of the most representative and prestigious remains of the Jewish legacy and could be in the future the museum of Judaism in Essaouira.
Rabbi Haim Pinto was a doctor who was said to perform miracles. He died in 1845 and his mausoleum in the Jewish cemetery of Essaouira is a site of pilgrimage for many devotees seeking blessings and inspiration. Inside his synagogue a 1800 blue ark keeps the scrolls containing the Five Books of Moses.
Behind the humble blue door of Slat Lkahal synagogue visitors are surprised by a beautifully restored temple with colorful tiled floors, turquoise ceilings white walls and stone columns that matches the color palette of the city!
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