The Al-Attarine Madrasa or Medersa al-Attarine (Arabic: مدرسة العطارين, romanized: madrasat al-ʿattārīn, lit. 'school of the perfumers') is a madrasa in Fes, Morocco, near the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque. It was built by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said (r. 1310-1331) in 1323-5. The madrasa takes its name from the Souk al-Attarine, the spice and perfume market. It is considered one of the highest achievements of Marinid architecture due to its rich and harmonious decoration and its efficient use of limited space.
The Marinids were prolific builders of madrasas, a type of institution which originated in northeastern Iran by the early 11th century and was progressively adopted further west. These establishments served to train Islamic scholars, particularly in Islamic law and jurisprudence (fiqh). The madrasa in the Sunni world was generally antithetical to more "heterodox" religious doctrines, including the doctrine espoused by the Almohad dynasty. As such, it only came to flourish in Morocco under the Marinid dynasty which succeeded the Almohads. To the Marinids, madrasas played a part in bolstering the political legitimacy of their dynasty. They used this patronage to encourage the loyalty of Fes's influential but fiercely independent religious elites and also to portray themselves to the general population as protectors and promoters of orthodox Sunni Islam. The madrasas also served to train the scholars and elites who operated their state's bureaucracy.
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Craig Mod | Mar 1, 2018
A wealth of small details. Go early, try to avoid the crowds (although almost impossible). The courtyard is good but head upstairs, and then upstairs again. Enjoy the small study rooms. Details details details. Peek out windows, hunt down decent light, stay put, watch the light change. Floors, walls, doors, ceilings — every surface has something to enjoy. A building built of love and care and deep affection.
Guillermo Bosque | Jan 7, 2018
Entrance 20 dirhams/person. You can visit the central courtyard decorated with coloured glazed tiles and cedar wood carvings. Don't miss the upper floors, included in the entrance. You can go up the stairs in the entrance and get very nice views over the glazed green roofs around.
Christopher Villegas-Cho | Jan 28, 2018
Beautiful piece of history found in the heart of the Medina, it's a must see for those visiting Fes. The site's light on the literature explaining the history, so a little research before hand will help you appreciate it more.
Felix Gerlach | Feb 4, 2018
Great secret place in the Centre of Médina. Entry fee is closely 2€/person but definitely worth to see especially when you are alone. You can also go to a first floor and enjoy the view from there. If you want to see more from my adventures and also more tips for Fès, go to my Instagram @felixgerlach
xiaoli Huang | Jan 28, 2018
Nice stop here. A tip for tourists. Across from the university entrance is the police station. I suggest everyone as tourist should peek in Police station across to know where it is because in Fes you might need it. I was harassed at Narajeen Tannery, demanded 1000dir, and filed police report here. Upon exiting the police station the boy name Medi who “helped” me at police station and whom the police supposedly entrusted to help me after, further took advantage of my ignorance. Bait and switch! Told me his mom take me to local local Hammam bath experience for 300 dirah. And his mom took my $, and brought me to an old dirty bath house, I was afraid to even walk bare feet there. Medi also took me to a boutique shop where they asked 1000dir for a jalabaa robe, and 300dir for a pants, I paid 200dir for pants was told it is worth 30dir by local after! Three cheats nonstop day! You got love or hate Fes, too bad you as a city of faithful good educated people allow your visitors to be played like idiots! We are not and we are going to tell everybody NOT to visit your city. Unbelievable “hospitality” keep it to your stinking self! Too bad, I liked some people there genuine but will not return by choice, in the end it is your loss.
Cheila | Apr 8, 2018
Beautifull structure. More than just a mosque. It is a pity non muslims are not allowed inside
Matt Clarke | Jul 30, 2018
It was closed when we tried to get in at 12:30. Not hard to find even without a guide, we just used Google maps.
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