Morocco Must-See: Medersa Ben Youssef

This statuesque building was once an Islamic school that today still stands in the medina as a must-see historical site. It once housed students that studied various sciences including theology. The beautiful school features Moorish architecture and Moroccan art and is organized around a central courtyard square which is one of the best places to admire its features. On my last day in Marrakech (before trekking up to the much-anticipated Chefchaouen) I made it a point to check out the school as I am always drawn to intriguing architecture and decor. I found plenty of it here, but what is probably even better is I made a friend while there…a young girl from Belgium named Pom.

I saw her somewhat glancing at me (not in a creepy way)- I figured she maybe wanted me to take a picture for her. She was alone just like me. I thought, maybe if I ask her to take my picture she will feel comfortable to ask me…and that’s exactly what happened. We then ended up talking and learning a bit about each other, her story being that she had gone to school in Morocco a few months prior and was back visiting friends for a week, all of whom were at work while she killed time during the day. We walked around the Madrasa together, catching up and having mini photoshoots everywhere and ended up leaving to grab lunch together.

These are the travel moments that I think are so special and meaningful. The school was amazing on its own, majestic and full of history. But like the students who came there to study and meet fellow classmates, I met a fellow traveler who I could share my journey with and connect with for years to come.

Madrasa Ben Youssef

Madrasa Ben Youssef

Looking out a window at the Madrasa onto a vendor on the street

Madrasa Ben Youssef

My new friend Pom

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