Al-Qarawiyyin (al-Karaouine) Mosque and University in Fez, Morocco

Hand-drawn illustration of Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez, Morocco

For over 1200 years, the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque (or al-Karaouine) has been one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim World. With a history dating back to the 9th century, this mosque and university have been the selected congregation space for various Muslim saints and scholars throughout the centuries.

Today, the university continues to function as an excellent school of religious and physical sciences, and the mosque is considered Morocco’s holiest place, governing the time of all Islamic festivals across the country. On your next visit to Fez, make sure you head into its old town and take your time discovering this magnificent treasure chest of history that has much more to it than meets the eye. (more…)

Study Abroad in Morocco

Ifrane University MoroccoThough the views throughout Morocco are gorgeous and vast—think panoramas of cities old and new, miles of rolling sand dunes, picturesque mountains and intricately decorated minarets—for most, a quick excursion either solo (or with Journey Beyond Travel) is about more than just sightseeing. It’s also about getting a glimpse into an ancient culture, its history and another way of life. (more…)