|| Talmud Thora, the main synagogue of
Rabat, located in the New City.
Praying at the tomb of a
of Viva (Suzy Arama)
Just outside the city walls of Rabat is another
walled city, the Chellah, where Jews are believed
to have lived during the time of the Phoenicians.
Rabat's Archeological Museum has a strong focus
on the Roman town of Volubilis and displays a
Jewish lamp found at the site. The unfinished
Tour Hassan Mosque is the counterpart of
Marrakesh's Koutoubia Mosque and the Giralda
Cathedral in Seville, Spain, all of which were
built by the Almohad Dynasty, the twelfth century
persecutors of the Jewish people. Adjoining the
Tour Hassan is the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V,
which has become a pilgrimage site for Jews, who
cannot forget his efforts to defend them against
the anti-Semitic policies of the French Vichy
Government. The near-by mellah has a beautiful
synagogue just inside its gates, while the main
synagogue is found a few blocks onward in the New
City. The Oudaias Kasbah was the home of the Sale
pirates, some of whom were Portuguese Marranos.
The Oudaias Museum has a display of traditional
Moroccan clothing, including a Jewish wedding
costume. Rabat's Jewish cemetery has tombstones
with inscriptions in Hebrew, French and Spanish.
Important saints include Eliezer de Avila and
Chalom Zaoui. A few kilometers North of
Rabat, a new Jewish museum has opened, near the
Plage des Nations.