Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech

4.3
#3 of 19 in Historic Sites in Marrakech
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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  • In its splendor, it came to house more than 900 students, will be surprised by the sizes of the rooms.... There is a central courtyard and a prayer room, richly adorned by a cedar dome surrounded by 24 windows....
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  • Just a heads up, we were disappointed to see there was a major reconstruction for this sight, so it was closed for our entire stay. Perhaps look into it first, before searching the Medina for it. We g...  more »
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