A former Islamic college in the centre of Marrakesh, the Ben Youssef Medersa was built in the 14th century as an addition to the neighbouring Ben Youssef Mosque. As with many of the palaces and mosques we visited in Marrakesh, the architectural details and intricate wooden, marble and plaster carvings are spectacular. 

The theological college, one of the largest in North Africa, was thought to host as many as 900 students despite its small size (have a look upstairs around the dormitory rooms!). Although it is no longer active today, visitors are welcome to explore and imagine what studying here would have been like.

Price: 20 Dh

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