Ben Youssef Madrasa

On my fourth and final trip into the souks of Marrakech I visited the former college of Ben Youssef Madrasa. I was very pleased by the fact I was able to navigate directly to it without having to reference a map or guide for directions. Though the souks seem to be a complete maze I was starting to get comfortable with navigating around the old town from a few of the main entrances and think I could quite quickly get used to how it all works. This didn’t stop me from being bothered by people attempting to get me to go to the tanneries, of course…and I lost count of how many times I was told some route was closed…when it wasn’t.

The college itself had a few nice features to grab photos of, though as always ‘another time’ would have led to a better chance to grab some snaps, ideally with less people of course, but also there is a sunken pool in the main court which had no water in it during my visit, which was a shame.

As I was taking a photo of this chamber a few people walked in front of me oblivious to the fact I was taking photos. However in this instance I didn’t mind so much as the girl you see here added to the image in many ways, and you can’t see her mother who is having her photo taken by the girl.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/20s