Ali Ben Youssef Medersa

Founded in the 14th century, the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa was once the largest Islamic college in North Africa and remains among the most splendid today.

Inside the courtyard of the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa

Inside the courtyard of the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa

The medersa’s courtyard is a mind-blowing profusion of Hispano-Moresque ornament: five-colored zellij (mosaic) walls; stucco archways; cedar windows with carved vines, and a curved mihrab eastern-facing niche of white Carrara marble.

Delicate five-colored mosaic wall

Delicate five-colored mosaic wall

Marrakesh, Morocco, February 2013.

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