Bou Inania Medersa, Meknes

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Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Nice atmospheric medersa with lovely intricate Islamic carvings. It is expensive however with all foreigners over 12 costing 60DN - pricy for families. Not sure if it's worth the price would be...  more »
  • This is a very limited attraction in Meknes but it was peaceful and quiet and interesting. We took some pretty pictures  more »
  • This former Quranic studies institution and lovely bit of history is located slap bang in the middle of souks. It is a rarity i.e. one of the few religious places in Morocco that's open to non muslim....  more »
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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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