Koubba Almoravid

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Passage Ecole, Marrakech, Morocco

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Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Significance and Fascination monument ! Jan 01, 2011
Opposite the Ben Youssef Mosque, on the southern side of Place de la Kissaria, is the Almoravid Koubba.

At first glance, it looks a very simple building with variously shaped doors and windows. With a closer look, you will understand the significance and fascination of this monument, for it is the only Almoravid building still standing intact in Morocco!

Dating back to the reign of Sultan Ali Ben Youssef (1107 – 1143), the Almoravid Koubba probably formed part of the ablution facilities of a nearby mosque. The style of the monument is at the root of all Moroccan architecture, subsequently used in all Almohad and Merenid designs.

Climb down the stairs to get to the level of the Dome and view its ceilings. Note the unique range of Almoravid motifs – the pine cones, acanthus and palm leaves and the powerful expression of form in the square and star-shaped octagons at the dome’s interior support.

The Almoravid Koubba is open daily from 9:00 – 13:00 and 14:30 – 18:00. Admission fee is 10dh.

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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Stunning architecture Nov 24, 2010
The Koubba Almoravid is a wonderful building that dates back from the eleventh century. It is the last remaining example of Almoravid architecture in Marrakesh, and is constructed from marble and cedar wood. The building used to be used as part of an Almoravid mosque which has long gone.

The building is so beautiful to walk around. The interior of the dome is stunning, and full of very beautiful designs and patterns. Just a little further away, you see some walls and drainage systems, which give the impression that the building was formerly used for prayer reasons and must have been a focal point in the local community.

The entrance fee can be payable for this site itself, or as a combined ticket for three sites (the Mederssa Ben Youssef, Marrakesh museum and the Koubba Almoravid). The ticket price for this site only is 30 dirhams. The combined ticket for all three sites costs 60 dirhams (approximately 6 Euros), and I recommend this option. The sites are very close to each other and would be a nice way of spending 2-3 hours.
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