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Koubba Almoravid

Youssef Mosque, Marrakech, Morocco
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Should be world-famous - the stuff of dreams

This small building, half submerged below the modern street levels, embodies all the decorative... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2017
London, United Kingdom
One lesser-known architectural gem

As other reviewers said, Koubba Almoravid is one of the oldest buildings in Marrakech, built during... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2016
London, United Kingdom
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Youssef Mosque, Marrakech, Morocco
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

This small building, half submerged below the modern street levels, embodies all the decorative motifs which linger in any Arabian Nights fantasy. It's part of the old Almoravid Mosque complex from the twelfth century. Sadly it's been closed to visitors for years now (for its...More

1  Thank Windowseatview
Reviewed 18 December 2016

As other reviewers said, Koubba Almoravid is one of the oldest buildings in Marrakech, built during the XI century by the Almoravid dynasty. Located in the north part of the medina, minutes away from the Museum of Marrakech, Ben Youssef Mosque and also The Omar...More

Thank British_lover
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Saharan Berbers, fierce warriors under their religious ideology established the Almoravid dynasty that ruled the south of Morocco for a thousand years from around 1040 on. This "Koubba" or shrine is one of theirs and easily one of the oldest buildings in Marrakech. It was...More

2  Thank AMsays
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Built in 1127, it's the only surviving monument of the Almoravid period, so it's worth a look but can't be visited. Koubba means dome and it's a very elegant one, it was used as a fountain by the neighborhood and a place for ablutions before...More

Thank Bernard B
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Before Saadian dinasty, was Almoravids and this is one of the few buildings that stand from that period. Is closed for renovation, but we can see it from outside.

2  Thank SakinTravel
Reviewed 18 June 2015

Unfortunately, when we visited this koubba, it could not be entered but we took pictures of it from outside. Great example of one of the older and less, luxuriously decorated sites within the medina

1  Thank MamboMumbai
Reviewed 9 July 2013

We stood outside admiring it since it no longer opens to public. You can see the beauty standing in front of you, it was a place for the worshipers to go wash themselves before they step into the mosque to pray. Lucky for those who...More

Thank embcn
Reviewed 6 November 2012

Architecturaly and historically interesting. Buy your combined ticket to see this, the Museum and the Medersa (School) which are all in the same small area.

2  Thank PandDBlackburn
Reviewed 28 January 2012

It is so intriguing as to why the conquering Almohads destroyed all the mosques and minarets and other buildings of their rival the Almoravids in the 13th century and left this one building standing. But whatever the reason was, it is wonderful to see! Apparently,...More

1  Thank Charming_Karl
Reviewed 28 December 2011

This shows the many layers of Marrakech right down to what is basically a toilet! It's fascinating though to see how built up over generations Marrakech has become and this was obviously a bath-house come toilet in it's day. If you are visiting the Medersa...More

Thank shimmin2robertson
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