Bou Inania Medersa, Meknes

4.2
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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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  • Ask the caretaker for some information, he will tell you the story of this ancient Koranic school where the kids went until the beginning of the 900s. You can visit the interiors, the courtyard, the student cells, the place where they made the ablutions and the terrace from which you can see the streets of the souk, it's really worth it!
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  • The mausoleum was erected in 1703 years, still in the life of the Sultan. When he was buried here, the place became the destination of pilgrims. Apparently, the mausoleum is also available to people who have a different religion than Islam, but in Ramadan, probably not available, because we are not admitted. We saw only a beautifully carved gate.
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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.
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