Ben Youssef Madrasa

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Ben Youssef Madrasa Marrakech Reviews

Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
An old Mosque ! Jan 01, 2011
The Ali Ben Youssef Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech and was originally constructed in the second half of the 12th century. Later the Ali Ben Youssef Mosque, Marrakech was demolished and rebuilt several times.

Each time it came up with a new architectural pattern. The latest refurbishment was executed in the Merenid style.

It is one of the most noteworthy monuments in Marrakesh.

Adjacent to the Ali Ben Youssef Mosque, Marrakech is the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, a law-abiding place meant for meditation which is neatly adorned with some stunning examples of stucco ornamentation.

No longer put to use, this place was at one point of time the house of the largest Koranic School in North Africa.

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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Historic and beautiful religious school Nov 12, 2007
With the palaces of Marrakech, one is old but ruined, the other fairly new but very ornate.However the Madrasa (however you choose to spell it!) is both old (14th century) and very beautifully ornamented. It is on the far side of the 'tourist souks' from the Djemaa el Fna square - and very much worth finding. As it appears now, the building and decoration is largely 16th century.

The Ben Youssef Madrasa was the most important in North Africa. Madrasas are Muslim theological schools and this one apparently had as many as 900 students. It survived as a school until 1960 and was later opened to the public.

Obviously, being strictly Muslim, the art work conforms to their rule that no representations of people or animals should appear in the artwork.
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