Bou Inania Medersa, Meknes

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Impressive carvings and elaborate tiled decoration help to define Bou Inania Medersa, the only madrasa in the city that features a minaret. Founded in the mid-14th century, this prime example of Marinid architecture was designed both as a theological college and a congregational mosque. The recently renovated structure features elaborate zellij and carved plaster, cedar lattice screens, and huge brass doors. The site draws visitors to see its Islamic geometric patterns on plaster, wood and tiles; its rectangular green-tiled minaret; and its onyx marble columns supporting the an ornate mihrab ceiling. The madrasa is accessible for non-Islamic visitors and is considered a landmark structure in the quarter. Arrange to visit Bou Inania Medersa and other attractions in Meknes using our Meknes trip planner .
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  • Total ripoff. Place is falling apart. Whole visit took 5-10 mins. Do not enter. TA rating is unexplicable.  more »
  • The place is beautiful, but the entrance price is very prohibitive (70dh per person) for a medersa that is not very well maintained. The walls are crumbling a little. The terrace offers little interest. If like us, you compare with the medersa of the same name to Fés, the latter is bigger, more beautiful and above all the entrance is at 20dh.
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  • This beautiful Medersa is part of the Medersa in Fés. For 60 MAD per person you can visit the downstairs and upstairs. The beautiful tile work with all its details is pleasing to the eye. Also the cells where the pupils stayed are to visit. On the roof you have a nice view of the green minaret of the Grand Mosque, which cannot be visited as a Muslim. We thought it was worth the price to take a look here.
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  • This 14th-century university college has a fine, elegant decoration that covers every courtyard (ceiling, floor and wall) and combines three basic materials - cedar wood, stucco and mosaic. All this creates a harmonious whole. The first floor is surrounded by modest student cells. The roof overlooks the city.
  • Stupidly closed for two years when we arrived. Ridiculous. One of the main sites of the town..... and it's completely closed.... for two years. Comical. Probably to rob even more from the tourists.
  • Medersa is a school of Islamic studies. It is interesting to visit this medersa, that can be walked quietly. It has very beautiful decorations. It is open to visitors for non-Muslims and admission costs 10 dirhams (1 euro)
  • On of he oldest shcool in morocco i guess around 1350 stil beautiful as it was build one of the must-see sites in meknes. I love it
  • The entrance fee is now 60dh, it is too expensive. The ones in Fes are 20dh and that is definitely reasonable.
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