Ben Youssef Madrasa

The Ben Youssef Madrasa was the largest and most important Islamic school in Marrakech and Morocco.

What is a madrasa?

If you have never visited a Muslim country, you might not have heard the word “madrasa” before. A madrasa is an Islamic school and is specialized in religious studies.

The school was built for the students who attended the Ben Youssef Mosque, located adjacent to the madrasa.

The largest madrasa in Morocco

The Ben Youssef Madrasa is the largest Islamic college in Morocco and is also the most important. It was founded during the fourteenth century and re-constructed in 1565, commissioned by Abdallah al-Ghalib. It has over 130 rooms and has housed over 900 students.

The highlight of the madrasa is its magnificent interior patio. You will also greatly enjoy visiting its bare dormitory cells where the students would stay.

Closed for reforms

The Ben Youssef Madrasa will be closed for renovation works until the middle of 2020.


Open every day from 9am to 6pm


General: 10 dh (US$ 1)

Nearby places

Marrakech Museum (111 m) Explore the Souks of Marrakech (551 m) Jemaa el-Fnaa (741 m) Dar Si Said (996 m) Koutoubia Mosque (1.1 km)