Photographer's Note

650 years old wall details from Madrasa Bou Inania in Fes. The first two are corners, the third is the wall. I was fascinated to see how the incredible stone, wood and zellij (mosaic) craftsmanship came together to create a masterpiece of Islamic art. Upcoming days, I will also share a wall photo from another madrasa in Marrakech to show the details of incredible stone work.

Madrasa is a school whose main function is to teach Holy Quran as well as natural sciences, philosophy, history, literature and politics. Established in 859, Gamiʿat al-Qarawiyyin, another important madrasa in Fes, is considered the oldest university in the world by some scholars.

The Bou Inania Madrasa, founded in AD 1351–56 and functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque, is an excellent example of Marinid architecture. It is also one of the few religious places in Morocco that is accessible for non-Islamic visitors.

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