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Koubba Almoravid, Marrakech

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The Almoravid Koubba is a small Almoravid building in Marrakech, Morocco, dating to the 12th century.

The Almoravid Koubba is next to the Museum of Marrakech and about 40 meters south of the mosque of Ben Youssef. It is the only remaining example of Almoravid architecture in Marrakech. It was built in 1117, was restructured in the sixteenth and nineteenth century, was rediscovered in 1948 and excavated in 1952, after having been buried beneath one of the outbuildings of the Ben Youssef Mosque. The dome was once used for ablutions before prayer, and also had a system of toilets, showers, and faucets for drinking water. It belonged to an Almoravid mosque, now long gone. The dome is on top of a rectangular bassin. The interior is richly decorated with floral patterns and calligraphy. The epigraphic decoration, which covers the frames and borders, is noteworthy for the fact that the foundation inscription is the oldest inscription in cursive Maghrebi script in North Africa. Materials used are marble and cedar wood. At the entrance and at the top of the prayer room is the inscription:
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  • This is a place to visit without a tour group. Then you will have a chance to go down to the bottom level and get the real feeling of the history of the place. You will see the old cistern and... 
    This is a place to visit without a tour group. Then you will have a chance to go down to the bottom level and get the real feeling of the history of the place. You will see the old cistern and...  more »
  • Located within a small square, of the Medina stands a remnant, to the Almoravid dynasty, built in the early 12th century, it has ben lovingly restored and well worth a visit 
    Located within a small square, of the Medina stands a remnant, to the Almoravid dynasty, built in the early 12th century, it has ben lovingly restored and well worth a visit  more »
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  • 5 euros (50 mad) to see a cistern and some rocks not worth the money
  • This is one of the few remaining Almoravid buildings still around. Unfortunately the area is closed and you can only see the building from a distance. Pity.

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