Fondouk el-Nejjarine / Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts, Fes

Fondouk el-Nejjarine / Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts, Fes (must see)

Dominating the corner of Nejjarine Square is the wonderful Fondouk of the same name, dating back to the late 17th century and exuding the rich aroma of cedar and thuya wood. Originally serving as a roadside inn catering to caravans and traders in luxury goods, the structure was thoroughly restored and now functions as a museum dedicated to woodworking techniques and tools. Skilled craftsmen can be observed crouching over intricately carved furniture and decorative items, including tables, bed frames, and chairs.

Visitors are further captivated by the display of 14th- to 18th-century cedar-wood friezes on the first floor, as well as much more modern creations like a rabab (string instrument) beautifully inlaid with mother-of-pearl on the floor above. However, it is the impeccably restored interior of the building itself that truly captivates, making the entrance fee worthwhile. Recognized as a historic monument in 1916 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fondouk also offers amazing views of the Medina from its rooftop café.

Additionally, the nearby Nejjarine Fountain commands attention as a magnificent display of ‘zellige’ decoration, serving as a focal point in the square. Next to it, a large covered workshop is dedicated to the creation of elaborately decorated palanquins and thrones, often used in ceremonial events such as circumcisions or weddings.

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Sight Name: Fondouk el-Nejjarine / Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts
Sight Location: Fes, Morocco (See walking tours in Fes)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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