On Friday afternoon, Prince Albert II of Monaco paid a visit to the emblematic space of Bayt Dakira in Essaouira, a spiritual and heritage center for the preservation and promotion of Judeo-Moroccan memory.
Exhaustive explanations were given to the Monegasque Sovereign on a private visit to Essaouira by André Azoulay, Advisor to King Mohammed VI and Founding President of the Essaouira-Mogador Association, on the emblematic Slat Attia synagogue, as well as on the richness and diversity of the cultural and religious heritage of the Moroccan Jewish community.
Azoulay also provided clarifications on various objects, texts and photos, in addition to the exceptional epic of Judaism in Essaouira and its heritage, including tea ceremonies, Hebrew poetic art, goldsmithing and embroidery, which all influenced Mogador in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In a statement to the media following the visit to Bayt Dakira, Prince Albert II said he was “very happy to be in Morocco and in this beautiful historic city of Essaouira”, and that he was “very impressed with what happened”. been made in this magnificent space of memory.
The sovereign of Monaco also said he was satisfied to see the extent to which this “highlights the rich heritage of Essaouira” and goes “from the perspective of showing the importance of Jewish and Muslim cultures, without forgetting the Amazigh culture which is part of the story”. of this city and of Morocco.
It is “an example for all of us that there can be peaceful coexistence, which can contribute to the wealth of a city and a country”, he argued. “I am very happy to have made this visit and I will keep a very moving memory of it.”
Bayt Dakira, which presents and explains all the passages of Jewish life in Essaouira, from birth to death and from the 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 for exchange between researchers from diverse backgrounds and a space for sharing, transmission and resistance to amnesia.