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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Africa, Explore, Morocco, Travel Info

Battle of the Koran Schools in Marrakech Morocco

Battle of the Koran Schools in Marrakech Morocco

There are 2 Koran schools in Marrakech, Morocco. One is new and active; kids come every day to learn Arabic and gain a deeper understanding of the Koran. The second is the old Koran School, named Ben Yousef Medersa, which is inactive and is used solely as a tourist attraction. So who wins the battle for coolest Koran School?

Interior Design

I’ll admit, I was only allowed into the interior of one of the schools – the old Koran School. Active schools do not allow non-muslims inside. But you can view the beauty of the place from the exterior and make some educated guesses and rank the two.

The Interior Design point goes to the Old Koran School.


Educational Value

These two places are, after all, Koran Schools. They are educational establishments and need to be valued accordingly. Only one of them gets the point, and since the new school is educating many youth daily are the clear winner. Sure, the old Koran School is educating tourists, but the majority of tourists who enter the building are there to gawk at the sheer decorative beauty of the place; NOT to learn about it.

Educational Value Point goes to the New Koran School.



Location Location Location. Anybody who knows anything, knows that Location is key. Not just in a real estate sense (although I do admit I’ve watched too much HGTV in my time). Location differentiates a place in its ease of access, in its surroundings and their attributes (or detriments), and location adds value. The New Koran School is easy enough to find – It is next to Place Ben Youssef which everybody can point you to (even when you cannot communicate because you don’t speak fluent Arabic). The Old Koran School is hidden between small winding alleys. You cannot ask for directions to it as it is not being a tourist destination and nobody knows what you are trying to ask for. Problems.

Location point goes to the Old Koran School.



The Old Koran school is beautiful no doubt; its cool pool in the centre of the open air building with pillars surrounding. The high arches of the doorways, intricately carved with stucco patterns and outlined with tiling. And you go to take a photo to capture the magic,  you snap the photo, and you realize that there are 20 tourists sporting red/blue/purple/yellow shorts/hats/shirts with their cameras out in your photo. Mystic crushed. The New Koran school on the other hand is filled only with locals, sitting along the walls of the school. The building has a minaret standing proud and every photo you take is filled with nothing but natural beauty and authenticity. But the Old Koran School – when you get that photo right – Oozes with Mystic.

Mystic Point goes to the Old Koran School.



Old Koran School: 3 Points (Interior Design, Location, and Mystic)
New Koran School: 1 Points (Educational Value)

This Battle ends with a the Old Koran School winning with a score of 3 points. Because I loved both experiences so much I can’t say that I like the Old Koran School more, but rather it ranks higher on these scales. There is just more beauty with the Old Koran School, but the new Koran School has authenticity that you can’t help but give it full credit.But I CAN indicated that BOTH Koran Schools are worth a visit for these different reasons.

Which Koran School would you rather Visit?

1 Comment

  1. je veux avoir plus de renseignent sur les deux écoles que vous venez de mentionner car j’aimerais aller étudier au maroc.


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