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“Impressive Koranic college” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ben Youssef Madrasa

Ben Youssef Madrasa
Kaat Benahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Ranked #4 of 61 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Architectural Buildings, Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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“Impressive Koranic college”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Shut yourself into one of the 100 small rooms that made up this Koranic boarding school and you can begin to guess at how the 900 students here might have lived. The central courtyard with its decorations and water feature are impressive in scale and execution. But even the living quarters are finely decorated with moulded plasterwork. It is by far the most fascinating building to be seen on a joint ticket with the Museum of Marrakesh and, when it's not closed for renovation, the Koubba el Baroudiyn. It's main drawback is that it draws crowds of visitors which can detract from the calm of the place.

Visited January 2013
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“Stunning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is really worth seeing - definitely the historic highlight of the city. The intricate detail of the decoration is incredibly beautiful, and the tiny students' cells are fun to explore.

Visited January 2013
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“Needs TLC”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

The building is a historic site but not properly preserved at all with bits of the plasters coming off, broken door frames, no English descriptions or explanations of what it was, how it was run, its history etc. Not the best value for money for the combined ticket of the extremely dirty and dusty museum and the madrassa.

Visited January 2013
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Amazing structure and intricate sculpture details. Tiny rooms giving you an idea of life in a Madrasa. 50DM to get in. No dislikes although it can be a bit difficult to find through the maze of streets and alleyways.

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“Old monument”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

very interesting monument and i recommand to everybody to see this monument. the medersa need a small reforme in order to make it as pefect as hestorical as much as possible.

Visited December 2012
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