Ben Youssef Medersa Marrakesh, Morocco 14th C; 1560s
Probably the most beautiful building in Marrakesh, this medieval Islamic school features intricate woodwork, stucco, and student dormitories with balconies.
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- Ben Youssef MedersaAli ben Youssef Medersa
- 31.632040° N, 7.986444° W
- Rue Souk el Khemis
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
The Ben Youssef Medersa, where students memorized the Qur'an, was founded by the Merenid Sultan Abou el Hassan in the 14th century. It was, however, almost completely rebuilt under the Saadian rulers in the 1560s and it is they who made their distinctive mark in its architecture and art.The medersa centers around a large open-air courtyard with a central pool for ablutions. The buildings are covered in an abundance of decoration: carved cedarwood, exquisite stuccowork, and colorful zellij tiles. The rooms are arranged around smaller inner courtyards, rimmed with fine wood railings. . continue reading →
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