The Ben Youssef Mosque (also known by its English spelling as the "Ibn Yusuf Mosque"), is a mosque in the Medina quarter of Marrakesh, Morocco, named after the Almoravid emir Ali ibn Yusuf. It is arguably the oldest and most important mosque in Marrakesh.
The first mosque in Marrakesh was erected by the Almoravid emir Yusuf ibn Tashfin in the 1070s, to serve as the central congregational mosque of the fledgling city. It was one of the first brick buildings in the city, and Ibn Tashfin is said to have been personally engaged in mixing the mortar and laying of the bricks. His son and successor Ali ibn Yusuf ("Ben Youssef", from the French transliteration) built a grand new central mosque, named the Masjid al-Siqaya ("mosque of the fountain") on account of the large fountain with a marble basin in its courtyard. It cost nearly 60,000 gold dinars, and was completed sometime between 1120 and 1132. The minaret, which was probably one of the last elements constructed, was begun in 1129 and finished in 1132. It was the largest mosque built in the Almoravid empire, with a rectangular base of 120 by 80 meters, and a minaret on its western side estimated to be 30 or 40 meters high. The rising city's layout was organized around it, and together with the neighboring souqs, it formed the center of early Marrakesh's city life. The nearby Qubba Ba'adiyyin was one of the monumental ablution fountains connected to it.
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RALLYCROSS HU | Dec 15, 2017
Extremly dirty and disgusting, bikers bearly hit tourists on the pavement. Its stinking and also oil smone is terrible from bikes. People are begging and harrassing, sometimes follows you and nagging. Lot of scams, not a place for european tourists at all. Its really ugly, litter and oil everywhere.
Hamza At | Nov 13, 2017
Culture, Nice way, you can say it's Ali baba town
Noemi G. | Aug 29, 2017
The essence of Moroccan culture and life.
Yahya Chok | Apr 22, 2017
Ji Gu | Sep 25, 2017
nothing on this spot
Carolyn Turcotte | Apr 7, 2018
Accosted by stall owners, choked by moped exhaust, inundated with cheap repetative over priced tourist junk, and scammed by "tour guides" what is not to like. FYI: avoid henna ladies, and snake charmers, they will expect cash for unsolicited "gifts".
Fazil Momand | Apr 12, 2018
The place is a tourist trap and very crowded. The shop owners are too aggressive and won't leave you alone. The motorcyclists travel at a very high speeds inside alleyways of the souks that make it even more uncomfortable. Comapred to fes, prices are also very high.
Stef | Apr 7, 2018
Prepare to be scammed. Whether it is 100% "cashmere" scarves, "silver" jewlery, or "antique" tiles, prices are high and shop keepers quick to pounce on any tourist foolish enough to pause, make eye contact, or glance at wares. After a day in the medina, and with a further three booked, we felt like prisoners in the safety of our riad. AVOID!!!
Ann Dz | Apr 5, 2018
Its ok but i don't really like the ambiance because of their marketing strategy to sell their stuffs and i had a not so bad experience here.
simon tomkinson | Apr 26, 2018
Amazing but be prepared to get lost. Navigation on devices is poor at best. Don't expect to nip in and out. Assault on the senses and people follow you about if they get a sniff of you not knowing where your going. Shops trying to drag you in. Rotters trying to misdirect into getting lost. Beggars, pickpockets and frauds! Don't let that put you off. If you can stay in the centre and you will be walking around like a local in no time!
Petrus Riipale | Aug 13, 2018
A wonderful experience to get lost in the Medina and walk around. Up to a certain point. Constant fear of getting scammed gets annoying after a while, loads of "tourist guides" trying to get you to go places and somehow getting your money. Easiest is just friendly say "no" or "laa shukran" to pretty much anyone and anything. Of course there are friendly and honest people, but with the most hassling I've seen during my stay in Morocco, I just decided not to trust anyone coming up to me from nowhere. Shopkeepers are usually a different story, sadly most items are cheap and made in China, with very low quality. The prices are rather expensive, numerous item I haggled from 20EUR down to 5EUR.. and you can imagine, that that if they're willing to sell at that price, the real price must be much lower. Google Maps doesnt help most of the time, and really, just looking at your phone and looking lost already makes you a target for possible scammers. I good experience if you dont get to visit other cities, but I have to say, from Fes, Rabat etc, the Medina in Marrakech was a disappointment is many ways. Only recommend visiting for the sake of visiting and especially if you're only staying in Marrakech.
Jerisona Dulaha | Aug 2, 2018
It's interesting. I don't look like a tourist. I'm not a local. I'm an old traveller and the Medina of Marrakech is typical of many old towns the world over except outside medinas you have cars buses and motorcycles less shade. Learn a little French or Arabic. Don't ignore people. If you don't want what they offer its: merci mais non merci , And say it gently with a smile. They are busy people and if they think you didn't hear them or have muttered something obscure you will be wasting their time as they repeat follow. Please be tolerant.
Aarthis Gallen | Aug 10, 2018
Crowded, polluted (from the incessant flow of motorcycles), dirty, and did I mention crowded ? Small narrow passageways cluttered with merchants and trash. It was an experience, but that's just the way the Medina is.
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