Ben Youssef Medersa, Musée de Marrakech and Koubba el Badiyin
In the heart of Marrakech’s souks, the sublime Ben Youssef Medersa is a former Koranic school where the main courtyard is a wonder of stucco, mosaics and marble surrounded by balconies of exquisite carved cedar and relatively austere dorm rooms where students lived, memorised scriptures, crammed for tests in Islamic law, and prepared simple hot-plate meals. A visit here can be combined with a trip to the Musée de Marrakech (Museum of Marrakech), a magnificently restored 19th-century mansion built by the Mnebhi family that now displays carpets, jewellery, furniture, ceramics, textiles and manuscripts. Across the square in front of the Ali ben Youssef Mosque is the Koubba el Badiyin, the sole surviving structure of the city’s Almoravid founders other than the mud-brick city walls. A combined ticket gives same-day access to the Medersa, museum, and Koubba el Badiyin.
Opening Times: Medersa daily 0900-1800, museum and Koubba daily 0900-1900.
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: Place ben Youssef (in the souks), Marrakech, Morocco
Telephone: (0524) 441 893.