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The spiritual heart of Morocco

In today’s episode we are going to tour the labyrinthine city of Fez in Morocco, accompanied by our guide Fabiola, an interpreter of Mexican Sign Language, and before flying with the power of imagination and being able to enjoy this tour, I want to tell you what we are looking for In this podcast, by the way, the only one in Mexico dedicated to the community that lives with any type of hearing disability, it is first of all to make a community that helps and to be able to raise funds so that people with hearing problems have the help they need Also is a project that seeks to give you a space to learn about different histories, cultures, uses, customs, music, art and gastronomy from around the world and learn something new in each episode.

Hello, I’m glad to greet you, I’m Yael Yancelson and today we fly quickly with the power of imagination and senses to Fez, which is an Imperial City located in the north of Morocco, so breathe, shake my hand, let me guide you and let’s get started!

episode transcription

Arriving at Fez can shock you, within its robust walls, in the elaborate architecture, the historical medina and the multitude of people we find the place where the old Morocco still exists:

It is easy to understand why Fez is called the spiritual heart of Morocco. One of the four imperial cities of Morocco, shown to be authentic and chaotic.

Time seems to have stood still in much of this city, nowhere else can you find such a strong link to the kingdom’s past, an inspiring mix of old and new.

The city of Fez is located in north-central Morocco, about 60 km east of Meknes. It is the oldest of the Moroccan imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city in the Arab world. Fez’s development took off in the early 9th century when Idriss II established it as his capital. They established two separate walled cities on either side of the Fez River and provided the crafts and entrepreneurial skills for the commercial development of Fez. Later, the seat of government moved to Marrakech. Today, the Medina of Fez offers a fascinating window into a medieval world clinging to modernity. The narrow buildings of Medina hide an intricate network of alleys, passages and small squares where people bake bread, dye leather, weave cloth and hammer metal as they have done for centuries.

video seamstresses speaking guide: what’s her name? point of fez, it is a part of the trousseau of the bride for the wedding, also tablecloths and on both sides it is the same.


Ancient mosques and madrasas, water fountains in the streets, souks offering every imaginable product, palaces, hammams (public baths) and traditional inns (fondouks) provide landmarks among the bewildering maze of streets where getting lost is part of the fun. to explore this fascinating city.

This is a labyrinthine medina that you quickly get used to enjoying its colors, aromas and sounds, it definitely has a lot to tell. It is actually a labyrinth that includes more than 300 neighborhoods and just over 9,000 alleys.

See here the main entrance to Medina, the Blue Gate is impressive, don’t you think? It was built in 1913. Bab Boujeloud is a gate with three arches decorated with mosaics of blue tiles. This area is always very crowded with many cafes and terraces.

We visited La Medersa Bou Inania, it was inaugurated in 1357 and it is one of the most important Koranic schools in Fez and it is very well maintained, which makes it an unmissable place to visit in Fez. A mosque also works inside, for this reason it has a minaret

The decoration is characteristic of various styles and recalls some techniques used in the palaces of the Alhambra in Granada; based on stucco, wood, tiles up to two meters high on the wall and marble on the floor.

Since the 11th century Fez has more than 60 public fountains for water supply, which were implemented from works that diverted the water from its natural sources at that time. Let’s see the Nejjarine Fountain.

In the labyrinthine streets of the Medina of Fez there are countless souks. The most traditional and important are: Attarine, with a wide variety of spices; Henna, with cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, especially henna; Nejjarine with carpentry works; and other more traditional ones such as the Bellagine, the Chemainne or the Sekkatine Souk.

I love Moroccan products and their handicrafts, so we are going to visit Berber art workshops and we can participate in some mini-classes with true artisans.

Mudray Idris II is the patron saint of the city of Fez and the most revered saint in Morocco. In 1308 (500 years after his death) a body was found in a perfect state of preservation and it was attributed to Mudray Idris II. From this, first the site where it was found was declared a sacred place and later (in 1824 ) a spectacular mausoleum was built. It is unmistakable to identify by its green dome that can be seen from various parts of the city and unfortunately, like many places here, you cannot visit inside

The AL KARAOUINE MOSQUE was built in the year 859 and is the largest building in Fez, although it cannot be seen very clearly, because it is surrounded by houses that hide its exterior, we know that it also contains a university with a large library with 30,000 works .

One of the most characteristic places in Fez is the Chouara Tannery, which has been in business for more than 1,000 years and is one of the most characteristic postcards of Fez. It is the largest of the four traditional tanneries that are still alive in the heart of Medina. Fes el-Bali. In them, countless pits full of natural dyes make up a colorful landscape while they are in charge of the production and coloring of the leather of the lamb, the ox, the goat and the camel.

video tanners speak guide: it is the largest and oldest tannery here in Morocco, from the 14th century, it is hard and dirty work, the first operation is in the white vat that carries lime, water and pigeon poop, yael asks, pigeon poop? The guide answers, yes, because it has ammonia to make the leather softer and soften and lime to remove the wool and hair, the leather is left there for a week and then it goes to a washing machine, washed with fresh water under the that house, repeat p`y signal: first the white tub, then wash, then in the tubs to dye to make colors.

The first step that is carried out in the traditional tanneries is to introduce the skins into huge vats full of lime and pigeon droppings, where they are left to rest for several days. Subsequently, the remains of hair that remain adhered to the skin are removed and proceed to the coloring of the pieces, introducing them into large buckets or tubs filled with natural dyes of different colors. Once the skins are colored and dry, they will pass into the hands of the artisans who will take care of transforming them into elaborate bags, suitcases, shoes and coats for sale to the public. Let’s go up to one of the shops with terraces from which you can observe the hard work of the artisans. To make the visit more friendly and the smell is not disgusting, they offer you mint branches that help a lot. Despite the unbearable stench, the Chouara tannery offers one of the most representative images of the city and it is essential to visit it to get to know Fez.

Now let’s go to the ROYAL PALACE OF FEZ, this Palace cannot be entered either, but it is worth including it in our tour to witness its doors. Some works of bronze art with ceramic tiles in the colors green that symbolizes Islam and blue, of the city. The palace was built in the 14th century outside the Medina, because there was no room in it, so a new medina was built around it, called Fez el-Jdid

Truly an intense, different and very interesting tour, don’t you think? And that is how we leave this beautiful and interesting region of the planet wanting to return. We will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to discover, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I wait for you every Friday and I ask that if you liked the content, share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE SPACE AND DIFFERENT THAT CREATES COMMUNITY. We make a difference. And as I always tell you when helping others, we mainly help ourselves. If you want to know what the Include Me Foundation does for the labor and social integration of people living with intellectual disabilities, enter the link: www. incluyeme.org and if it moves you and interests you, review how you can support this interesting project.

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VIDEO DOCTOR: Hello, I am Dr. Gonzalo Corvera Behar, today we are going to talk about the Neonatal Hearing Screen, it is a test that can be done and should be done to all babies that are born, that is a very simple test and they pinch the baby a device and in seconds we can know if their hearing works, that is, the baby listens, it is very important to do it to all the babies that are born because if they do have a problem, we have limited time to solve it, if we attend to it in time we can make that baby have a development on a par with other children who are born without any hearing problem and if we do not treat it, a child who is born with profound hearing loss will not learn to speak, will not learn to read or write or at least be It is going to make it much more difficult to achieve those things and their opportunities in later life are greatly limited, everything becomes much more difficult, so it is very, very important that all babies have their hearing screened within the first days of being born. neonatal.

I want to thank Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla, our Mexican Sign Language interpreter, and her entire team of collaborators, as well as a very special thanks to Mercedes Obregón, director of the Pedagogical Institute for Language Problems, IPPLIAP. Thank you for joining this project and all of you for making it possible!


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