The Best Madrasas in Morocco
The Best Madrasas in Morocco
Madrasas, which are also often called medersas, are higher schools. In the Arab world, this term is used for any higher school, whether religious or not, but in Western countries it is usually used for Koranic schools, that is, where the teachings of the Koran are learned. That is why many of their students enroll in them to become magnets, although not only. In this post we tell you which are the best madrasas in Morocco, especially those that can be visited and have a special historical-artistic interest.
How are the madrasas in Morocco
Although not all Moroccan madrasas are the same, the most historic ones do tend to share common characteristics. For example, they are usually set up around a central porticoed courtyard, where the decoration is especially rich, in some cases with Kufic writing that contains fragments of the Koran. In addition, there is no shortage of prayer rooms (normally prohibited for non-believers) and classrooms, as well as rooms for students.
List with the best in the country
In this list with the best madrasas in Morocco, we include three from Fef. This is a reflection of the cultural and spiritual importance of this city centuries ago, although it is still considered a religious capital for the Arab world today. In addition, we add another two that will be very handy if you do one of our circuits around the country.
Bou Inania Madrasa, Fes
This Bou Inania madrasa no longer functions as such, but it can be visited and allows us to understand what these institutions were like in the time of the Merinids, in the 14th century. The decoration of the spaces that can be visited is mainly made of marble, onyx, cedar wood and plaster, as well as sheets of sculpted bronze. It can be visited every day, except during prayer hours.
Al Attarine Madrasa, Fes
Madrasa that shares numerous characteristics with the previous one, since it is also from the Merinid period, in the 14th century. The central patio with its angular columns and its cedar wood ceilings are some of its great attractions. It can be visited every day.
Es Seffarin Madrasa, Fes
Decoratively it is the most sober of the madrasas of Fes, but it is historical: it was built at the end of the 13th century, also in the time of the Merinids. It has a rich library and a terrace at the top from which you can see practically the entire old medina. Visitable every day except Friday.
Bou Inania Madrasa, Meknes
It not only shares its name with the Fes madrasa, but also a period: it is from the Merinid period. For this reason, it has a central patio, chiseled bronze doors and a large wooden dome, among other outstanding elements. It can be visited in the morning and in the afternoon.
Ben Youssef Madrasa, Marrakech
This is undoubtedly the most interesting in Marrakech and one of the best madrasas in Morocco, built at the time of the Marinids in the 15th century, although heavily rebuilt in later centuries. Its patio is very bright and the decoration, in general, very rich, with muqarnas. It can be visited and, in fact, it currently houses the Si Said Museum. It was recently immersed in rehabilitation work, so it is recommended to check its availability beforehand.