Al Attarine Madrasa

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The Al-Attarine Madrasa or Medersa al-Attarine, translates to the school of perfumers, located close to the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque. Constructed by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said in 1323. The madrasa derives its name from its proximity to the Souk al-Attarine, the renowned spice and perfume market. It is considered to be one of the best examples of Marinid architecture because it is beautifully decorated and makes good use of the space it has.

Things to do at Al Attarine Madrasa

  • Admire the Architecture:

Marvel at the exquisite Moroccan architecture, intricate stucco carvings, and vibrant zellij tilework adorning the madrasa's entrance and courtyard. The detailed craftsmanship reflects the artistic achievements of the Marinid dynasty.

  • Explore the Courtyard:

Take a leisurely stroll around the central courtyard, adorned with a captivating marble fountain and surrounded by beautifully decorated arched galleries. The tranquil atmosphere provides an opportunity for relaxation and appreciation of the surroundings.

  • Study the Inscriptions:

Observe the madrasa's inscriptions and calligraphy. The Arabic calligraphy beautifully enhances the walls and showcases the historical significance of the educational institution.

  • Photography:

Take pictures of the beautiful mosaics, architectural details, and decorative elements with your camera. Al-Attarine Madrasa is a photographer's delight, offering numerous picture-perfect spots.

  • Learn About History:

Take time to read about the history of the madrasa and its significance during the Marinid era. Understanding the cultural and educational importance of the institution adds depth to the visit.

  • Experience Local Culture:

Embrace the atmosphere of learning and cultural heritage that still lingers within the walls of the madrasa. The site provides insights into the traditional educational system of Morocco.

  • Visit Nearby Attractions:

Combine your visit to Al-Attarine Madrasa with nearby attractions such as the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and the Souk al-Attarine, the spice and perfume market from which the madrasa takes its name.

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    2 hours

Address of Al Attarine Madrasa

328G+2GJ, Rue Talaa Kebira, Fes, Morocco

Opening & Closing time of Al Attarine Madrasa

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