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“We are so lucky the conquering empire left the Koubba standing!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Koubba Almoravid

Koubba Almoravid
Youssef Mosque, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #47 of 62 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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“We are so lucky the conquering empire left the Koubba standing!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 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, before entering the mosque for prayer. It is fairly modest and can be taken in in just a few minutes, but we found ourselves hanging around to look at it from all different angles. Very beautiful!

Visited March 2011
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“Historically fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 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 it a brief visit too.

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“Interesting but not a must see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 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.

Visited September 2011
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“A Slice of Marrakech History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 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 surviving structure (with the possible exception of a minaret at Tit, near El Jadida) from the era of the Almoravids the founders of Marrakech, and is therefore of historical interest. It dates to the reign of Ali ben Youssef (AD 1107-43) and was part of the toilets/washrooms for the students at the original Ben Youssef Mosque. Descending down the two flights of brickwork steps gives the visitor a view the underside of the dome, which is an artful arrangement of an acanthus, palm and pine cones motif. The koubba was rediscovered and excavated in 1952.

Open Apr-Sept 9am-7pm daily. Oct-Mar 9am-6pm daily.

Visited August 2011
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“close to Medrasa ben Youssef and musée de Marrakech”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

This attraction is nearby the Medrasa ben Youssef and the museum of Marrakech. You can buy 1 ticket for these 3 attractions together. This is cheaper than buying seperately. It was about 60 dirham.

It is worth a visit, but you can also see most of it from the street. In fact you do not necessarily buy a ticket.

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