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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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  • This is a Medressah or a religious boarding school. Four such seminaries were built in Morocco during the 14th century in Fez, Salé, Marrakech, and Meknes Abou Inan. All of them were beautifully...  more »
  • 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 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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