04 February 2016

Meandering in Morocco: Médersa Bou Inania

Even though we spent two days in Fes, I didn't take too many photos. Like I said, the city was on holiday and therefore things were closed, but also because Fes is more a place to experience, as opposed to a place to take photos of. The dust, the chaos, the activity, these things are just hard to capture on film. At least that's how I see it. Regardless, there are a few things that we did see which I took photos of, such as the Médersa Bou Inania.

This is one of the few things in Fes that are highly religious in nature yet accessible to non-Muslim visitors. Most mosques are only accessible to Muslims, so we didn't go in those ones. This is a médersa, or an Islamic religious school. People go here to study Islam. Architecturally, this building is a fine example of Marinid architecture, and yes, it is a feast on the eyes.

If you have already seen my previous posts about Moroccan architecture, then you will definitely recognize the design here. Carved wood, amazing tilework, all of these show the exquisite Moroccan design that pervades much of the country. It is definitely a wonder to the eyes.

If you are ever in Fes, try visiting this place. It is open to non-Muslims, though I think they periodically close for daily prayers. It is also a good oasis in case one needs to escape from the chaos of the streets outside.

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