Marrakech / Morocco / Travels

Ben Youssef Madrasa #Marrabouts

Ben Youssef Madrasa, the largest Islamic College in Marrakech.

Closed in 1960, Ben Youssef was re-opened in 1982 as a historical site and since then has become one of the most popular tourist sites in Marrakech. The students quarters were all upstairs and each had beautifully designed doorways and ceilings. The rooms themselves were fairly small with one window and low ceilings.

The pictures of us at the window was one of the student quarters. We were actually kneeling when taking those pictures. It was definitely a tourist favourite- there were queues of people waiting to get a window shot and even more people on the ground taking the photos!

When you’re at Ben Youssef, you need a second to take in all the beautiful architecture and craftsmanship. Each window, pillar, wall.. everything has its own unique design and they are so well preserved. It’s absolutely beautiful.

The entrance fee is 2 Euros and opening hours are 8am- 5pm.

As we lived very close to the Madrasa finding it was quite easy. However if you take a taxi then it may take longer! You need to walk through small alleys and turn several corners before reaching, sometimes if you’re lucky there will be signs overhead to point you in the right direction, otherwise asking the local shopkeepers is the way to go.

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