Once we woke up properly (I had gone to bed around 9 pm the night before, due to the time difference, the fact that I'd gotten up before 4 am Brussels time to catch my plane, and a heavy cold, so pretty early), our first stop was the Ben Youssef Madrasa, a former Koran school hidden away in the souks. It dates back to the 14th century, and although there wasn't much in there in the way of explanatory materials, it was worth seeing the beautiful wall and ceiling carvings contrasted with the bare, cell-like dormitories where the students would have lived (until 1960!).
|Near the Madrasa|
|Elaborately carved archway|
|The inner courtyard|
|Detail of the stonework|
|Peeping into one of the bare students' cells|
|Beautiful inner courtyard featuring a massive Moroccan-lamp style chandelier. It's a shame it wasn't lit up|
|Looking up at the chandelier (stolen from Liz)|
|Corridor in the courtyard|
|Me in front of a tiled basin|
|You can see the average ratio of "exhibit" to "gorgeous backdrop"|
|Looking into the courtyard|
I think this is long enough for one post, so stay tuned and I'll fill you in on the rest of day two next time!