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Bou Inania Medersa, Fes

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See one of the oldest functioning religious colleges in the country at Bou Inania Medersa, a historic institution known for its elaborate architecture. Built between 1350 and 1357, the building stands as one of the best-preserved examples of Marinid architecture, boasting latticed woodwork and geometric tile decorations around the entrance and throughout the interiors. Put Bou Inania Medersa and other Fes attractions into our Fes road trip app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The Bounaniya Medersa is beautiful. All the walls decorated with amazing architecture from the 14th century. You can also see the tiny students rooms as this was a dormitory as well. It's very close.....  more
    The Bounaniya Medersa is beautiful. All the walls decorated with amazing architecture from the 14th century. You can also see the tiny students rooms as this was a dormitory as well. It's very close.....  more »
  • An amazing example of Arab Andalusian architecture. This 14th century school is now a tourist attraction. The entrance fee is 2 dollars or 2 euros. It's really worth a visit. 
    An amazing example of Arab Andalusian architecture. This 14th century school is now a tourist attraction. The entrance fee is 2 dollars or 2 euros. It's really worth a visit.  more »
  • A Medersa was a residential college for the leaning of the Koran – this one is said by my guidebook to be “the finest and largest in Fes”. It dates from the mid-14th century, and although much of it.....  more
    A Medersa was a residential college for the leaning of the Koran – this one is said by my guidebook to be “the finest and largest in Fes”. It dates from the mid-14th century, and although much of it.....  more »
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  • My favorite place to visit in Fez. Non-Muslims may enter, but not to the Mosque area. Enjoy the space!
  • A little old, but pretty. If you plan to go to Marrakech, can select one of them to visit.
  • It's very nice and beautiful! However, it's just one bit... Like, there's nothing else. It's very nice though, and worth the 20 dirham entry fee just to get a break from the medina.
  • One open space. If your only in Fez than maybe you should see it if you go to any other city in Marocco, then you will regret paying the entrance fee here. Especially because it has the same price than lots of much cooler things.
  • The most important medersa in Fez, it was built in 1350 to 1355 J-C by the Merinid sultan Abou Inan is the most famous of all the Merinid madrasas of Fez and Morocco. In addition to its role as a college of education and accommodation for students, it was to fulfill the function of a Friday mosque. It also has a beautifully proportioned minaret and a hydraulic clock (magana) whose operating system is still unknown to us. This Islamic university is a treasure of Merinid art. Its architecture is superb and the details very elegant. The walls covered with mosaics and carved plaster are to be seen. Bou_Inania_Madrasa The medersa was located in the city, in a district making the junction between the old city and the new Merinid constructions. The general plan is irregular, due to the location, but a certain symmetry is respected. The main entrance leads to a large central courtyard, onto which open two smaller halls, used for courtyards, and surmounted by wooden domes. This plan recalls the plans with two iwans, born in Iran and used in a contemporary way in Mamluk Egypt. Bou_Inania_Madrasa2 At the bottom of the courtyard, there is a prayer room made up of two naves parallel to the qibla. It has a single mirhab, which projects into the wall, and four onyx columns. This room is covered with two wooden vaults.

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