Built by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said between 1323 and 1325, Al-Attarine Madrasa in Fez functions as a religious school and is one of the city’s top attractions. Its location at the entrance to the spice and perfume market in the fascinating medina of Fez, gives Al-Attarine, the madrasa of the perfumers, its name. Al-Attarine Madrasa is known for its fine cedar wood carvings, stucco and elaborate zellige tile-work. The courtyard found here is extremely popular and is the most decorated area. Visitors will come across some breathtaking architecture as well as a large marble fountain, and a prayer room at the end of the courtyard. From the madrasa’s rooftop, visitors are offered incredible views of the Kairaouine Mosque and the surrounding city.
8:30 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:30
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The cedar woodcarvings, the courtyard, views of Kairaouine Mosque
Al-Attarine Madrasa does offer prayer facilities. Muslim visitors will be able to find a prayer room here, as well as ablution facilities. Since Morocco is a Muslim country, finding prayer facilities will not be a problem. Fez’s most popular mosques is the Kairaouine Mosque, which also happens to be the second largest mosque in Morocco.
Because Morocco is a predominantly Muslim country, Halal restaurants and cafés are widely available. Muslims visiting Al-Attarine Madrasa will be able to locate plenty of dining establishments in the area surrounding the madrasa. Visitors to the city must make it a point to try out dishes like tajine and couscous.