Monday, September 22, 2008

Ali Ben Youssef Medersa

Back to Morocco! I'm onsite at a conference right now, so I don't have much time. But here are some of the sights we saw at Ali Ben Youssef Medersa in Marrakesh, once the largest Koranic school in North Africa.

Now it is a historical site and a beautiful testament to Moroccan art. Consistent with Islamic tradition, there are no representations of humans or animals in the tilework and carvings. Instead, we see geometric shapes and inscriptions in Arabic script.

What amazing design!


Tricia said...

Love the pic of you two!!

And my hubbie is an architect and drooling!!

Holly said...

Thanks, Tricia! There were so many amazing architectural details in Morocco. I would so love to have a Moroccan-style house some day!