Photograph: Khalil Nemmaoui
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Hegira 8th century / AD 14th century, Marinid
Fez (Old Town / medina), Morocco
Founded in AH 709 / AD 1310, this madrasa bears the name of the quarter in which it stands. Used to train the heads of the Marinid administration, the first floor has 30 small student bedrooms, now being restored. Its layout is typical: a courtyard surrounded by galleries leading to a prayer room, the entrance to which is decorated with zellij (small tiles) and floral motifs. The ablutions area has a beautifully carved marble basin and a bronze Marinid chandelier hangs in a wooden cupola above the prayer room. The plasterwork and earthenware decoration make this small building a masterpiece of decorative art.