La Madraza was founded in 1349 by Sultan Yusuf I as a school and university. It still belongs to Granada University. Since extensive excavations and remodeling in the early 2010s, it is now possible to view its interesting sometimes contradictory mix of Arabic, Christian, Mudéjar and baroque architecture. The oldest remains date from an 11th century country house.

Highlights include an elaborate mihrab, a baroque dome and some coloured stucco. Student guides take you through the details. The building is easily recognisable by the trompe d'oeil on its front facade.