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“Interesting place” 4 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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“Interesting place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We visited this place and found it to be one of the most interesting places of historical and religious meaning in Marrakech, especially as the mosques are not accessible for not-muslims.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful and SO interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

At first, visiting a school seemed like an odd and potentially boring trip.

However, the building itself was worth the small fee (we bought a double ticket that also included entry into the Museum of Marrakech which is also worth a quick visit). The architecture was stunning, the intricacies of the stone and mosaic are astounding. We spent most of our visit taking photos in every room and corner.

There is also an educational function in that you get an insight into what life was like within an Islamic school- there are still little individual bedrooms and a communal bathroom.

This is a great place to visit and it is close to the Museum of Marrakech and the souks in the centre of the Old Town.

Visited July 2013
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“Impressive architecture.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

A very good restoration which does not make it look too new
A very intriguing neighborhood and a perfect stop after The Photography museum

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful example of Islamic architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

If you are into history , religion,art and architecture, you're in luck this has it all. Beautiful example of the symmetry incorporated in Islamic art and architecture. Also great insight into the life of Islamic students in the glory years. Gives a totally different connotation to the word "Madrasa" then what it is often associated with in today's charged political climate. Must see

Visited July 2013
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“One of the few opportunities to see Islamic architecture in Morocco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

As other reviewers have explained, non muslims cannot enter mosques in Morocco, so the madrasa offers an almost unique opportunity to see historical Islamic architecture. The building is not only beautiful, but also gives an insight into the lives of the students who studied here. There is a joint ticket for the Madrasa and the Museum of Marrakech, which is less interesting, but worth the few extra Dirham (I wouldn't pay full price for the single entry ticket to the museum only).

If you get a bit lost on your way here, don't accept directions from "Guides" (there are no official guides) as this will result in demands for money, or a trip to a shop, which will overcharge your to pay your "guides" commision. If you want directions ask a shop keeper or a restaurant receptionist (and express interest in returning after you have seen the madrasa to shop or dine).

Visited April 2013
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