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.
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