Work on the Museum of Jewish Culture in the Al-Mellah district of Fez, Morocco, is now complete. The new art space covers just under 13,000 square feet and will soon open its doors to visitors.
The realization of this project is part of the rehabilitation and enhancement of the ancient city of Fez, which is supervised by the Agency for the Development and Rehabilitation of the City of Fez.
The program aims to preserve the architectural character of the ancient city of Fez and to take care of its cultural and spiritual heritage, including the Jewish heritage as a component of Moroccan identity.
Qotbi, the president of the National Foundation of Museums of Morocco, said the efforts to build the two museums speak of Morocco’s readiness to cement its reputation as “a land of openness and tolerance.”
For his part, Serge Berdugo, the secretary-general of the Moroccan Jewish Council, said the museum of Fez’s Museum of Jewish Culture is of high symbolic significance for the Moroccan Jewish community and embodies King Mohammed Vi’s determination to preserve Morocco’s cultural diversity and plural identity.
“This royal initiative goes beyond the museum universe to do justice to our common past and highlights the defense and conservation of the tangible and intangible heritage of the Hebrew tributary of national identity,” he said.