Friday, April 24, 2009

The Medersa

Hidden deep in Marrakech's alleys, so deep that you have to tip a few people just to find it, is the Ali ben Youssef Medersa, a sixteenth century school for Koranic studies.  We spent a couple hours wandering its halls, peeking into students' rooms, and gaping at the immense courtyard, bordered by intricately carved cedar and stucco walls.

This is a recreation of a student's room -- they were small and reminded me of monks' cells.

On the far side of the courtyard is the prayer room.
A closeup of the intricate carving

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm drawn to the simple shadow on the stone floor which comes from the carved door, the slant of light bisecting the building, the thought of a spacious prayer room, and the simplicity of individual students' "cells". Appreciation from Joan