Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech

4.3
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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  • It is being renovated. The public seems to be still ahead. There were some pictures of the exhibition before or after the renovation on the construction signboard. It was the interior that I wanted to enter.
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  • I can see that it has been under renovation, but we walked around with the many, many other tourists and enjoyed the view. It took us less than 20 minutes and we were out again. It might have been mor...  more »
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