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Medersa Ben Youssef

Uncover the rich history and architectural beauty of the Medersa Ben Youssef, a 14th-century Islamic college in Marrakech that stands as a remarkable testament to the intellectual and artistic achievements of the Saadi Dynasty, inviting visitors to explore its exquisite craftsmanship and cultural significance.

The splendid, recently restored Medersa Ben Youssef is a historic Islamic school, or madrasa, founded in the 14th century and reimagined by Sultan Abdullah Al-Ghaleb Assaadi in the 16th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and magnificent example of Saadian architecture, its name is taken from the adjacent Ben Youssef Mosque, once the central mosque of Marrakech, once priding itself on being the largest madrasa in the Maghreb. Accompanied by your private guide, you’ll be transported to a golden era of religious education when hundreds of scholars studied and shared ideas within its walls. Today’s tour takes you to the most jaw-droppingly exquisite example of Islamic architecture within a madrasa in Morocco. A masterpiece of ornate detail, marvel at its colourful zellige tilework, intricately carved cedarwood doors, calligraphic friezes and muqarnas (honeycomb-like sculpting). Accompanied by your private guide, discover the fascinating history of this illustrious Islamic school and some of the finest Saadian architecture in the city.

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