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This shot was made in the Medina, ie the old town of Marrakech in a place called the "Ben Youssef Medersa". This used to be the place where muslim students came to improve their knowledge of the Coran.

The place by itself is of wonderful Arabo-andalus style after the Civilization which settled in the whole Maghreb and the south part of the Iberic peninsula. Built in the XIV century, it is the biggest "Medersa" of the whole Maghreb.

Here is a focus on a pillar of the Building's patio at man's eye level. Each pillar has wonderful specific symbols which are arabic texts. I believe they are extracts of some Coranic verses.

In fact, the basic pattern of this kind of building is the following :
- the lower part is made of "zelliges" with a geometric pattern,
- the middle part is made of a finely sculpted kind of stucco with vegetal forms,
- the upper part is made of engraved wood.

Technically, I rotated the original picture, saturated the colors a bit and used the unsharp mask so as to enhance the stucco texture.

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