Zaouia Sidi el Ghariani

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Zaouia Sidi el Ghariani is the burial place of a 13thC saint. It was built in the 14thC and has been recently restored. It houses offices of Association Sauveguarde de la Medina which helps preserve Medina.

A tiled entrance leads into a courtyard with tiled walls with white carved stucco above. There is a painted wood ceiling under first floor balcony. We couldn’t shake off a ‘guide’ with dodgy English who began to explain about the local medersa (Muslim school) and took us into a room with the tomb behind wooden railings, covered with a green cloth. He pointed to a stone in the floor and said another saint was buried there and then put out his hand for payment. I said I had no money. Michael only had a small coin left from buying bread. He said he had no money and showed this (worth about 8p) to the guide who regarded it as beneath his dignity to accept and gave us up as a bad job.

The Zaouia is next to a carpet shop and when wandering by ourselves we had many offers to take us to see this (and the carpet shop owned by my brother….)

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