We almost missed a great site

Who wants to visit an abandoned school? Ben Youssef Medersa never made it onto our list of “places to visit” in Marrakech. However, when we visited the Museum of Marrakech we had the option to pay a nominal amount to add on a visit to the college, abandoned in 1960. Since the cost was so little and because it was only a few meters down the lane, we decided, why not? A very good move on our part as it was the highlight of our day and a photographer’s dream.

Ben Youssef Medersa

Ben Youssef Medersa

The college was founded in the 14th century and the building dates back to the 16th century. Small rooms off the courtyard housed up to 900 students with one communal bathroom to take care of everyone’s needs.

The medersa fell out of favor and closed in 1960, only to be restored years later and reopened in 1982.

Angela at Ben Youssef Medersa admiring the tile work

Angela at Ben Youssef Medersa admiring the tile work

John looking out of a students’ room facing in to the courtyard.

John looking out of a students’ room facing in to the courtyard.

From every viewpoint the building was a masterpiece with great architectural detail, use of natural light, and decoration.

From every viewpoint the building was a masterpiece with great architectural detail, use of natural light, and decoration.

The Museum of Marrakech was nearby. Our interest in its building far outweighed our interest in the artwork that it had on display. We spent time in the grand courtyard, enjoying the tile work, enormous central lamp, and building details.

Museum of Marrakech

Museum of Marrakech

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Museum of Marrakech

We walked to the quiet and unpretentious Museum of Photography, located very near our riad.

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We all liked ones of already familiar landmarks in Marrakech. The old photos of Morocco captured a different time, especially the portraits.

 “Portrait of a man, Tangier”, Nicholas Muller, 1942

“Portrait of a man, Tangier”, Nicholas Muller, 1942

So, who wants to visit an abandoned school and wander around old historic buildings? WE DO!

 

September 2014

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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10 Responses to We almost missed a great site

  1. What a find – stunning building 🙂

  2. What a stunning building. Well done on this wonderful find and the gorgeous photos.

  3. leggypeggy says:

    I love Marrakech and am so pleased you’re enjoying it too.

  4. Glad you included this on your visit – amazing.

  5. Bama says:

    Marrakech itself is a beautiful city, but I’ve never heard of Ben Youssef Medersa and judging from your photos it’s well worth a visit. Truly a hidden gem!

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