Medersa Bou Inania

Islamic Site in Meknès

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Opposite the Grande Mosquée, the Medersa Bou Inania is typical of the exquisite interior design that distinguishes Merenid monuments. It was completed in 1358 by Bou Inan, after whom a more lavish medersa (religious school) in Fez is also named. This medersa is a good display of the classic Moroccan decorative styles – the zellige (mosaic tilework) base, delicate stucco midriff and carved cedar-wood ceiling. You can climb onto the roof for views of the green-tiled roof and minaret of the Grande Mosquée nearby.

Students aged eight to 10 years once lived two to a cell on the ground floor, while older students and teachers lived on the 1st floor in the luxury of private rooms. On the right when you enter is the school room with a deep mihrab (niche that indicates the direction of Mecca) for natural amplification.