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Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakesh: 41 reviews and 115 photos

  Courtyard and pool, Ben Youssef Medersa
by suvanki

I was quite impressed with the courtyard and pool, despite my visit co inciding with the arrival of a tour group, I only had a short wait, while they dispersed to view the inner rooms.

The courtyard was quite peaceful, and there were a few chairs to sit and admire the architecture of the medersa, under the warm winter sun. (I should imagine it's very hot here in summer though)

This photo is taken facing the mosque (masjid).

The intricate decoration is typical of the Merenid period style (This Moroccan dynasty ruled during the 13th and 14th century, and constructed many mederssas throughout Morocco)

The zellij (decorative tilework) base is a typical design, fragments of ceramic tiles usually of blue, green and yellow laid on a white background with black tiles forming an interlinked pattern ( I saw similar patterns in the Bahia Palace and Saadian tombs)

Above the zellij are panels of intricate lace like stucco work, with extracts from the Koran.
The artwork follows geometric patterns, often repeated and intertwined- this is typical of Islamic Art, as depiction of living things is considered to be an insult to God, artists have perfected these decorative abstract and geometric patterns.

Above the stucco panels are carved cedar wood panels , again showing symetrical repeated designs.

Address: Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakesh
Directions: See previous tips
Phone: + 212 (0)44 39 09 11/12

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2008
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