Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech

4.3
#3 of 19 in Historic Sites in Marrakech
Admire the artistry and soak up the hushed atmosphere of reverence and studiousness at Medersa Ben Youssef, once the largest center of Islamic learning on the continent. Founded in the 14th century as a complementary institution to a nearby mosque, the school underwent various refurbishments and changes over the years until closing in 1960. Opened to the public in 1982, the center still maintains its studious calm and ageless charm, its central courtyard decorated with wooden carvings and marble mosaics. The site contains many fine, ornamental entryways and arches, covered with geometric shapes and inscriptions from the Quran. For Medersa Ben Youssef and beyond, use our Marrakech trip planner to get the most from your Marrakech vacation.
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  • Really wanted to visit but could not get in. At the top end of the Souks. We were quite proud of finding it after various locals kept asking us to visit the tanneries. Not sure why.  more »
  • One of the few sacred buildings that a non-Muslim is allowed to visit. It is a 1000-year-old Koranic school whose architecture documents the high art of a time when Islamic culture was flourishing. Is currently being restored. Hopefully she doesn't lose her charm as a result.
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