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Address: Youssef Mosque, Marrakech, Morocco
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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One lesser-known architectural gem

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... read more

Reviewed December 17, 2016
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 31, 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 own protection? Its proximity/link to the adjacent, newer, mosque? Who knows.) but, should it be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 17, 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 Benjelloun foundation, the Koubba Almoravid looks like a rather neglected attraction at the moment, having... More 

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Thornhill, Canada
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Reviewed May 6, 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 

2 Thank AMsays
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 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.

Thank Bernard B
Iasi, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 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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Reviewed July 9, 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.

Thank embcn
Blackburn, Lancashire
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Reviewed November 5, 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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New York City, New York
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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,... More 

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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... More 

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