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Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech

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Must see · Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
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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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  • What a beautiful place. Marvel at its carvings, tiles and reliefs among the communal and tiny sleeping places. As decorative as a palace. Well worth a visit. 
    What a beautiful place. Marvel at its carvings, tiles and reliefs among the communal and tiny sleeping places. As decorative as a palace. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Would love to have visited but it was closed for repair following a collapsed wall. Still lots of interesting back streets to visit nearby. Beware asking the way or you’ll end up paying for a guide... 
    Would love to have visited but it was closed for repair following a collapsed wall. Still lots of interesting back streets to visit nearby. Beware asking the way or you’ll end up paying for a guide...  more »
  • Beautiful tile, marble and wood work. So ornate and unique. We didn't have a tour, just wandered through ourselves. Worth a stop. 
    Beautiful tile, marble and wood work. So ornate and unique. We didn't have a tour, just wandered through ourselves. Worth a stop.  more »
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  • I loved the place. It is rich with history and artistic architecture. The Islamic architecture is a real wonder. It is a real beauty. I would recommend going there. You will have to take a taxi then walk to the Madrasa. The walk is not too long. I did not feel tired at all. If you are Moroccan you pay less. Do not be shy to ask for the Moroccan price, if you are Moroccan.
  • Super cool landmark! If you've got a spare 30 minutes, this would be a good place to spend it. The architecture and design details are beautiful, but it does not offer much more than a peaceful walk through the building.
  • Low entrance fee, guide available but not necessary. The architecture and tile work was amazing! You don't need to budget too much time for this, since most of the rooms are basically the same...the second level is all small sleeping rooms.
  • Beautiful, beautiful building!!!! So glad I could make this stop, and it was just as lovely as I was expecting it to be. Great angles and views to capture amazing pictures. Photographers playground for sure! A must see while in Marrakech and cheap ticket to get in.
  • Nicely completely renovated old building. The details are magnificent. Unfortunately no furniture or any signs with explanation. Simply just the building but would recommend visiting as it is beautiful.

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