Annexed to the mosque of the same name, this was the place where over 800 young people studied the Koran.

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Madrasa Ben Youssef

Morocco's largest madrasa and one of the finest examples of Moroccan architecture and art.

Also called the Madrasa Ben Youssef, this is an old Koran school whose corridors and rooms are decorated with stucco, tiles and carved cedar wood. It is important to mention first of all that a Madrasa is a Muslim school of higher education. The Ben Youssef Madrasa is the largest and most important in the whole country. With 130 cells housing up to 900 students knuckling down to study the Koran, its construction was completed in 1565 and commissioned by Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib. It plays host to the most beautiful examples of Moroccan art and architecture. The prayer room offers one of the most exuberant sight in the complex with its use of pineapples and palm trees for decorating the mihrab. The beauty of its interior courtyard (with an impressive central pool) will strike you as a bold contrast with the stark appearance of the cells. Once there, you must also visit the mosque of the same name.

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