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Marrakech : the Medersa Ben Youssef

The medersa Ben Youssef is one of the biggest medersa of the Maghreb. Constructed in 1565 by Saâdiens, it formed very numerous students. Today, this Koranic school is not any more used, it is the reason for which it is visitable by non-Muslims.


Medersa Ben Youssef
Medersa Ben Youssef
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The medersa articulates around a basin in the centre of an inner courtyard, in which the pupils made their ablutions before lessons Koranic.


The basin of the medersa
The basin of the medersa
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The inner courtyard
The inner courtyard
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The inner courtyard
The inner courtyard
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Towards the inner courtyard
Towards the inner courtyard
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At the end of the courtyard, you can find the room of prayers. This room richly decorated with marble, with stucco and with wooden ceiling of sculpted cedar was the place of study of the pupils of the medersa.


The room of prayers
The room of prayers
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The room of prayers
The room of prayers
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The room of prayers
The room of prayers
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The room of prayers
The room of prayers
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The medersa was also counted rooms for the students. To the number of 130, they allowed the students who were not originally from Marrakech to be able to follow Koranic education.



Inside of the medersa
Inside of the medersa
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A room of the medersa
A room of the medersa
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