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318170
names
Ben Youssef Medersa
Ali ben Youssef Medersa
coordinates
31.632040° N, 7.986444° W
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address
Rue Souk el Khemis

Essays on the Ben Youssef Medersa

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    by 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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Bibliography of the Ben Youssef Medersa

  1. Ali ben Youssef Medersa.” Fodors.com. Web.

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Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014