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Ben Youssef Madrasa

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  • Ben Youssef Madrasa
    AndrewDThorpe
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    4 Oct 16, 2013

    The Ben Youssef Madrasa was an Islamic college in Marrakech, Morocco, named after Sultan Ali ibn Yusuf (reigned 1106–1142), who expanded the city and its influence considerably. It is the largest Medrasa in all of Morocco, and was allied to the neighbouring Ben Youssef Mosque. It closed down in 1960, and the building was refurbished and reopened to the public as an historical site in 1982.

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  • Ben Youssef MadrasaPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Mar 16, 2014

    This beautiful medresa is a stand out. The students quarters can get a bit cramped when large groups are present but the intricate carvings and tile work make this one is the more impressive architectural sights in Marrakech.

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  • Ben Youssef Madrasa
    Ali Syed
    4 Apr 14, 2013

    Fascinating place - from Jama'a fnaa one has to walk through winding lanes of the souk to get into this ancient school.

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  • Ben Youssef Madrasa
    Betty Balk
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    5 Jul 18, 2013
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  • Ben Youssef Madrasa
    Sharon F
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    A fascinating place with amazing architecture. It was great to walk around and browse. Pretty cheap to get in. Would have liked more things to help self guide on a tour, but overall pretty interesting.

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  • Ben Youssef Madrasa
    Karmen
    3 Dec 10, 2011
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    Yanti
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    4 Mar 12, 2012
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    juan Aranki garrigos
    4 Mar 07, 2013
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    Susan O'Sullivan
    4 Mar 09, 2013
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    Betty Balk
    5 Jul 16, 2013
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When visiting Marrakech, Morocco, tracking down the Ben Youssef Madrasa is well worth the effort. Once on the grounds, you walk the same paths that students of theology and philosophy walked hundreds of years ago. Stroll around the student dwelling courtyard and take in the complexity of the patterned murals or the beauty of the looking glass pond. The student dwellings themselves give a valuable insight into what life was like for those living and studying in the region in 1400s and 1500s. The former college is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

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