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Once one of the centers of islamic scholarship, the Medersa (Koran school) Ben Youssouf is a marvel in islamic architecture. Built in 1565 by Sultan Abdallah al Ghalib it was used as an islamic college for over 400 years and held up to 900 students.
The immensely attractive inner courtyard is filled with carvings of inscriptions and geometrical patterns, superbly completed with zellij tiles. The upper storey holds the minimalistic cells and sleeping quarters of the students. In my humble view the Medersa can easily compete in architecture with the world renewn Alhambra in Granada/Spain.
Altough situated at the very edge of the busy souks in the Medina of Marrakesh, the courtyard is absolutely still and no sound of the city can be heard. It is a great place for a little break from the noisy souks.

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