Prince Albert II of Monaco visits “Bayt Dakira” in Essaouira

His Serene Highness Albert II of Monaco visited, on Friday afternoon, the emblematic space “Bayt Dakira” in Essaouira, this high spiritual and patrimonial place of preservation and enhancement of the Jewish-Moroccan memory.

During this visit, which took place in the presence of the delegation accompanying H.S.H. Prince Albert II, the presidents of the provincial and communal councils of Essaouira, members of these two elected bodies and various actors and personalities of the city, exhaustive explanations were given to the Monegasque Sovereign by the Advisor of HM the King and Founding President of the Essaouira-Mogador Association, André Azoulay, on the emblematic Synagogue “Slat Attia” as well as on the richness and diversity of the cultural and cultic heritage of the Moroccan Jewish community that “Bayt Dakira” shelters.

Dr. Azoulay also shed light on the various objects, texts, photos and the film of the exceptional saga of Judaism in the city of Essaouira and its heritages: from the tea ceremony to the Hebrew poetic art, from the goldsmithing of the gold and silver filigree to the embroidery and the making of sumptuous caftans, from the cultural arts to the literature and rituals of the Synagogue to the great trading posts that made the influence of Mogador in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In a statement to the press at the end of this visit to Bayt Dakira, His Serene Highness Albert II said he was “very happy to be in Morocco and in this beautiful historic city of Essaouira”, saying he was “very impressed by what has been achieved in this magnificent space of memory to highlight the rich heritage of this city and its region, but also in the perspective of showing the importance of the two Jewish and Muslim cultures, without forgetting the Amazigh culture, which are part of the history of this city and Morocco.

This is “an example for all of us that there can be a peaceful coexistence, which can contribute to the richness of a city and a country,” he argued.

“I am very happy to have made this visit and I will really keep a moving memory,” concluded the Monegasque Sovereign.

His Serene Highness Albert II arrived Friday morning in Essaouira for a private visit.

“Bayt Dakira”, which presents and explains all the passages of Jewish life in Essaouira, from birth to death and from Bar Mitzvah to marriage, is also a place of education thanks to the Haim and Celia Zafrani Research Center on the history of relations between Judaism and Islam, which constitutes a space of exchange between researchers of various horizons and a space of sharing, transmission and resistance to amnesia.

Photos credits: Bestimage

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