Islamic Sights and Patterns in Marrakech

Islamic Sights and Patterns in Marrakech

One of the reasons that tempted me to visit Morocco was the Islamic sights that are still protected and open to visitors. I stayed in the Madina (old city) to be close to the sights, but they could all be visited in a day. I would have preferred staying in the new part of town and taxi-ing there. The Medina is extremely busy and touristy. I still enjoyed my visits to the main sights: Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, The Ben Youssef Madrasa and the Museum of Marrakech (same order of the photos).  

I was not very impressed with the Koutoubia Mosque. It was very plain inside. I found the outside minaret and the little green court yard inside to be the nicest parts. I was hoping for more patterns, but I there was not any. Thankfully, my pattern craving was fulfilled in the following sights. The Bahia Palace was really pretty, but very crowded. I had to wait for people to leave to take few clear shots. The Ben Youssef Madrasa was my absolute favourite. I just wanted to stay there and inhale all the beautiful patterns. I ended my sights visit with stopping by the Museum of Marrakech, which is impressive for a museum. At first, it all seemed like a normal contemporary place until I walked in to the courtyard. It was covered in Islamic patterns.

Enjoy the photos! :)