ben youseff madrasa

High above the entry door an inscription reads, “You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded”.  The Ben Youseff madrasa in Marrakech, Morocco is a visual masterpiece. Built in the 1560’s, the structure was once the largest Islamic school in Africa housing over 900 students. Carved cedar, marble, and intricate mosaics cover the interior courtyard creating an escape from the busy city outside. The cool faded color palette and geometric detailing traditional in Islamic patterns is breathtaking. The school shut its doors for good in the 1960’s and the building is now open to tourists. Anyone in for a field trip to Morocco?

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