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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Noel_Byrne (31424) 2014-04-26 9:07
A real man made oasis in the city, the sense of calm you captured here is palpable, in no small part thanks to the beautiful calm of that water. The mosaic work is really wonderful, and the shade and light inside the scene really suits this subject. My natural instinct would have been to shoot the door head on with the pool as foreground, but learning is what I always do here on TE and this has taught me that your approach works much better. Those dark doors look both inviting and ominous at the same time!
Thanks as always
tatadalou (7459) 2014-04-26 9:18
Cette architecture m'a toujours fascinée tant par la richesse de ses différents éléments que leur finesse. Les stucs, les zelliges, les boiseries,... tout est réalisé avec minutie. Ces détails ressortent très bie sur ta photo, mis en valeur par une netteté impeccable et une excellente gestion de la lumière. La présence de cet homme ajoute uun supplément d'âme à l'ensemble.
La partie à l'ombre distrait un peu le regard à mes yeux, je te propose un workshop qui se concentre sur la partie de droite, dis-moi ce que tu en penses.
holmertz (53502) 2014-04-26 10:02
This is certainly a masterpiece of architecture and decoration, made with an impressive skill and sense of style. The man just walking into the picture contributes a lot to the composition. This is a place made for people, so in my mind it should if possible include people. Although the composition is fine as it is, I think Delphine has a good point in her WS, which focuses on the most essential part of the view.
siudzi (34141) 2014-04-26 12:31
Wow! What a stunning place you have visited and photographed! The architecture is absolutely unique and wonderful due to the outstanding design. Taken with perfect clarity and sharpness. Well done and TFS!
Nicou (143130) 2014-04-26 19:54
que c’est beau toute cette architecture toute travaillée et décorée un autre monde et ce bassin noir et vert le personnages très bien placé dans l'image sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-26 21:22
Daniel, talking about exotic..you got it here..Marrakesh the one and only for its luxurious one and thousand nights..exceptional architecture and mosaics, fabulous colors!!
great presentation to dream on..
emka (98810) 2014-04-26 23:56
Hello daniel, Superb presentation of the masterpiece of Muslim craftsmanship. Amazing decoration. Fantastic sharpness, colours, well chosen POV. Exce;llent composition.
WArm regrads MAlgo
abmdsudi (54565) 2014-04-27 8:23
A powerful image in many respects, amazing close-up detail! This has been one of the most pleasing from your current serie --that you have finished on a high note and you have done just that. Marvelous shot, Congrats
Silvio1953 (144378) 2014-04-27 8:33
Ciao Daniel, great view of fantastic architecture, lovely composition with good perspective, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-04-27 15:30
So ornate and intricate designs on those walls, it must have taken years to create this building. Nicely captured with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-28 0:10
Hello Daniel - Impressive detail you have captured here and I really appreciate the contrasting light and shade as it conveys the hot sun and shady corners very well.
The colour palette also appeals to me, its harmony is wonderful.
A beautiful place and a well managed shot with the solitary figure adding a little local life.
delpeoples (58288) 2014-05-02 5:11
Another beautiful POV of this fascinating place. I love the full shot of the pool, which has beautiful emerald colours and also those reflections. The ceramics and the mosque have some stunning architectural details and the light and shade have been balanced well. Excellent work, have a lovely Friday.
adores (45627) 2014-06-06 14:44
I've been there a long time ago. It's a fantastic artwork with so many wonderful details. I like the light and the composition with the little pool in foregrund.
- Copyright: Daniel Solinger (marabu61) (11057)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-07
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron 18-270mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-26 8:59