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Al-Attarine Madrasa
Al-Attarine Madrasa

Al-Attarine Madrasa

Daily from 8.30am-12.30pm, and 2.30-6.30pm.
Rue Talaa Kebira, Fez, Morocco

The basics

Abu Said Uthman II completed the Al-Attarine Madrasa in 1325 and it takes its name, which means “Madrasa of the Perfumers,” from its location by a historic souk selling perfume and spices. It was a religious high school for high-achieving (all-male) students, many of whom went on to study at neighboring Kairaouine University, founded in 859 AD. Many Fez medina walking tours include a visit to this serenely beautiful space, the perfect contrast to the hubbub of the narrow streets outside.

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Fes Guided Tour
Fes Guided Tour
$52.14 per adult
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Lovely Day in Fes
Wonderful tour with Hassom Khader Knows the city very well - navigate thru the alleys of the Médina along with spectacular views overlooking Fes - very attentive to our needs. Explained the details and history of the sites as well as the history and culture of Moroccan people. Never rushed us. Took us to a wonderful restaurant for lunch Highly recommend
daniel_g, Mar 2020

Things to know before you go

  • There is a moderate admission charge to visit the madrasa, payable in cash on arrival.
  • Parents of young children will find the narrow, sometimes steep alleys of Fez medina easier with a back carrier than a stroller.
  • Narrow, hilly, crowded streets make Fez medina a very challenging destination for travelers who use wheelchairs: It’s best to arrange a specialist tour or guide. There is no elevator access to the upper stories of Al-Attarine Madrasa.
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How to get there

The Al-Attarine Madrasa sits in the heart of Fez’s medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, next to the Kairaouine Mosque. Bus 10 runs to Bab Guissa gate from the train station and the madrasa is about a 10-minute walk south.

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When to get there

The madrasa is open from morning until late afternoon, seven days a week. It’s best to visit Fez medina on a day that’s not Friday as many shops close for prayers from lunchtime onwards.

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Don’t-Miss Historic Buildings in Fez

Founded in 808 AD, Fez offers a wealth of architectural treats. While only Muslims can enter the Kairaouine Mosque, its green-tiled roofs and towering minaret stand proud above the medina. More accessible highlights include the Bou Inania Medersa, a 14th-century Islamic college with gorgeous zellige tilework, the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts, housed in an 18th-century trading inn, and the Chouara Tannery, where leatherworkers ply their smelly trade in almost medieval conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Al-Attarine Madrasa?
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As well as visiting the Al-Attarine Madrasa, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: