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Medersa Ben Youssef reopens its doors

Written by FDM

After several years of renovation work, the Medersa Ben Youssef reopens its doors to visitors.

Closed since the beginning of 2017, the Medersa Ben Youssef located in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech welcomed its first visitors on April 20.

Founded in the 16th century by the Merinid sultan Abu al-Hasan and renovated by the Saadian Sultan Abdallah el-Ghalib who completed its construction in 1564-1565, it bears the name of the Almoravid sultan Ali Ben Youssef. This Koranic school was for nearly five centuries a home for students thirsting for knowledge from all over the world.

As a reminder, the start of the work was given on Monday, January 9, 2017, by King Mohammed VI, during the launch of major projects intended to preserve the historical heritage of Marrakech’s old medina. More than five years of work were needed to restore its former glory to this illustrious Medersa, which covers an area of more than 1,500 m2.