Ben Youssef

About the Ben Youssef Madrasa

Marrakech has many top sites to visit, but the Ben Youssef is absolutely one of my favorites. Being over 500 years old this former Islamic school hasn't lost any of it's charme. It's pretty hard to imagine that once over 900 students would run through this narrow corridors and would also sleep here! The school has been in use till 1960 but has now turned into a beautiful museum.

The central courtyard is breathtaking with it's colorful decorated pillars and in-scripted walls. As it is not allowed in Islam to use images of persons you will not find any statues here as like in a mosque, but that doesn't give in to it's beauty.  The walls are full with mosaics and minuscule carved inscriptions. The pool in the middle just adds to all the harmony of the building.

There are guides walking around to explain the history of the Ben Youssef, but you can also easily explore everything yourself. Just bring your camera! More info about the Madrasa click here.

Have you been to the Ben Youssef Madrasa? Let me know what you think?

Look from Zaimara wearing the Frida Maxi dress