The Ben Youssef Madrasa was originally founded during the Marinid Islamic dynasty. This dynasty, known for its perpetuation of the arts and literature, ruled from 1196 to 1465 AD. The madrasa is named after the Almoravid Sultan Ali ibn Yusuf (reigned 1106-1142 ad.) Functioning today as an Islamic historical site, the Ben Youssef Madrasa was the largest Islamic college in Morocco during its height.

Mosquée Hassan II

The Mosque Hassan II is the largest mosque in Africa, and the 10th largest in the world. Completed in 1993, it was designed by Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues. The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca.


The Tin Mal Mosque is a mosque located in the High Atlas mountains of North Africa. It was built in 1156 to commemorate the founder of the Almohad dynasty, Mohamed Ibn Tumart. The edifice is one of the two mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims, the other being the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. The Tin Mal mosque was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on 1 July 1995 in the Cultural category.