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Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech

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#3 of 19 in Historic Sites in Marrakech
Must see · Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
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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 Medersa is worth a visit. The intricate mosaic work is spectacular, and visiting the students rooms is instructive. 
    This Medersa is worth a visit. The intricate mosaic work is spectacular, and visiting the students rooms is instructive.  more »
  • The recently very nicely restaured Medersa Ben Youssouef is a stunning nice building, absolutely worse visiting. 
    The recently very nicely restaured Medersa Ben Youssouef is a stunning nice building, absolutely worse visiting.  more »
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  • Beautiful, beautiful building!!!! So glad I could make this stop, and it was just as lovely as I was expecting it to be. Great angles and views to capture amazing pictures. Photographers playground for sure! A must see while in Marrakech and cheap ticket to get in.
  • Low entrance fee, guide available but not necessary. The architecture and tile work was amazing! You don't need to budget too much time for this, since most of the rooms are basically the same...the second level is all small sleeping rooms.

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