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Vestige of the Almoravid Dynasty

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 May 2016
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Thornhill, Canada
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Thornhill, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 used for ablutions before prayers and within it a system of toilets, showers, and faucets... More 

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 prayer at the now-destroyed Almoravid mosque.

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Iasi, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 got to visit the interior of the dome.

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Blackburn, Lancashire
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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, it is where one went to perform ablutions, ritual washing of the hands and feet,... More 

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marrakech
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 and the Musee you should take advantage of the 3 for one ticket and give... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

This is apparently the only building left in Marrakech from the Almoravid dynasty but I'm not entirely sure about that - our guide suggested as much! Anyway, it's a semi interesting structure to explore with a guide who can explain it's history but nothing amazing and you won't have missed much if you don't see it.

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Marrakech, Morocco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2011

The Almoravid koubba (Koubba Ba’adiyn) is adjacent to the Musee de Marrakech and the Medersa ben Youssef on the south side of Place de la Kissaria. One entry fee (60 dirhams) covers visiting all three sites. It is contained within a fenced enclosure and sunk several metres below the current street level. It looks somewhat unprepossessing but it’s the only... More 

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