Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech

#3 of 19 in Historic Sites in Marrakech
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
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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  • This is a beautiful building. It was constructed during the 16th century and served as an Islamic school. We were amazed at the wonderful architectural style, but also at the way of living in older...  more »
  • Great place to visit to get some history of Marrakech and some lovely architecture, great to see and get some great pictures.  more »

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