Medersa Ben Youssef
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Jason JG
Tucson, AZ7 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
This is supposedly an ancient madrasa but it is clearly contemporarily renovated. That does not mean it is not authentic. On the contrary, I mean it is taken good care of by the gov. The style is stunningly lavish and exquisite. The only thing I feel a little bit frustrating is the ticket price. It could be lower, such as 30-40 MAD instead of 50 MAD, because place is rather small and not that intensive from a traveller’s point of view.
Written September 22, 2022
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,148 contributions
May 2022
On of the most important historical buildings in Marrakech.
The first Madrasa on this site was built in the mid 14th Cent. The current building was completed 200 years later. The Ben Youssef(Bin Yusuf/Ibn Yusuf) is considered to be the largest teaching/learning institute in North Africa . It was closed as a college in 1960 , and reopened as a historical site in 1982 .
We have found this building to be one the most stunning , and beautifully preserved buildings we have visited during our 14 days tour of Morocco .
Definitely a must see when in Marrakech .
Bring your cameras !!!
Written May 14, 2022
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Frank D
Slidell, LA1,310 contributions
May 2022
It's fascinating to go through this school and see where so many students have passed. It seems ironic that in the midst of the luxurious decor of this edifice the student cells are so small and sparse - monastic. As seems usual in the old buildings of Morocco, the craftsmanship and exquisite detail are wonderful to behold.

The sumptuously decorated Medersa of Ben Youssef is one of the finest examples of Saadian era artistry in Morocco. This theological college (completed in 1565), directly opposite the Ali Ben Youssef Mosque, once homed 900 students and was the largest center for Quranic study in the country.
Written June 11, 2022
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victorcyho
Toronto, Canada635 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
It is beautiful to look at. You enter and you walk into this huge courtyard, with different tiles and pattern, you look around and am in awe.

You go up stairs and see 1 dorm, wow, and then another of the same pattern. Ok... and rinse and repeat.

Also, the full place has no history, nothing to read, or learn, and how most of the building has been re built from the ground up, so theres not much original history anymore.
Written November 25, 2022
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
This 12th century Islamic School was built by the Almoravids. It is named after the son of Youssef Ben Tachfine, the founder of Marrakech. It was a fully functioning school till the 19th century. It suffered neglect during the French Protectorate. It was restored by the Omar Benjelloun Foundation. You can see the photos of disrepair and restoration in this building. You can also see lovely stucco, zellij mosaic, woodwork and marble inlay here. The contrast between the exquisite main hall and the bare student dormitories is worth seeing.
Written January 27, 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia41,687 contributions
Jul 2019
This is a beautiful building. It was constructed during the 16th century and served as an Islamic school. We were amazed at the wonderful architectural style, but also at the way of living in older days of the students of the school. The living quarters did not look very large or too comfortable! However the building itself is absolutely a must see sight.
Written June 8, 2020
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Sue C
London, UK1 contribution
Mar 2020
Just to let you know after 2-3 years the renovations are not finished and from what a man exiting the blue tarpaulin across the golden front door was saying it won’t be any time soon.... the outside the external work, is looking good. so when it reopens it’ll be fabulous! Disappointed ☹️
Written March 6, 2020
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Beverley T
49 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Would love to have visited but it was closed for repair following a collapsed wall. Still lots of interesting back streets to visit nearby. Beware asking the way or you’ll end up paying for a guide! They can be most insistent!
Written August 16, 2022
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LesleyOK
Buckinghamshire, UK20 contributions
Apr 2022
We loved this attraction - our favourite from our time in Marrakech. It's so beautiful, and the many many rooms are like a little maze. Loved it! Had such fun taking photos (soooo many photos!).

Was also very cheap - only 20DHM each!
Written April 23, 2022
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iamface
East Sussex, UK1,348 contributions
Feb 2020
although yet to open but i still try to reach this place to see how the status of renovation. but that is still closed on 03feb2020. so that i just visit outside and the alley and main door also pretty. i think inside the building should getting much more i could see.
Written February 24, 2020
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