Almoravid Koubba, Marrakech

Almoravid Koubba, Marrakech

There aren’t many buildings that have survived the centuries in good condition, so visiting the Almoravid Koubba is a real treat for amateur archeologists.

It was built in the 12th century and is the sole surviving Almoravid building intact in Morocco. It had been renovated and rebuilt in the 16th century, before being buried under an outbuilding attached to the Ben Youssef Mosque when the mosque was renovated and enlarged.

Like so many cities, Marrakech today is much higher than it was when it was founded. This comes from the custom of importing earth to cover the rubble of buildings that had been destroyed or pulled down.

The Koubba remained hidden until excavation work around the mosque began in 1948. It was finally excavated in 1957. Once it stood on ground level, but now you will reach it down a flight of steps.

The small building has a ribbed dome and windows cut into ornate shapes. Inside it has motifs of acanthus leaves, palms and pine cones. It has a unique support system for the roof, being octagonal overlaid by a square.

There is quite a lot of calligraphy representing passages from the Koran. The foundation inscription is the most ancient example of cursive Maghrebi script in North Africa. The Koubba was used for ablutions before entering the mosque.

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Sight Name: Almoravid Koubba
Sight Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Religious Walking Tour in Marrakech   Moroccan Architecture Tour in Marrakech   Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech  

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