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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 repainted, renovated, properly curated, policed and reopened, you'll find a beautiful two-storey structure with austere ochre geometric matrixes of interior design under the arches, contrasting with ornate shell carvings within the dome. The windows are variations on classic North African, and Andalusian, window, arch and doorways. There are subterranean chambers within the ruins alongside the Qubba. It's a truly beautiful and unique confection and historically significant. It's looking a little tired at the moment, abandoned to the local cats, hopefully this will change.

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank Windowseatview
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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 the gates locked "for renovation".
One thing I appreciated is that there are information panels in English and French.
If you're there, though, missing it would be a shame. I'd recommend that you visit it after you already went through the souks and the other museums because the sunet views are especially enchanting.

Date of experience: November 2016
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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 for drinking water fountains. Look for the unique architecture of this period including keyhole arches, cupolas and ribbed vaulting. You can spend about an hour visiting this building, the neighbouring Marrakech Museum and the Ben Youssef Mosque, all in close proximity to each other.
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Date of experience: April 2016
3  Thank AMsays
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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.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Bernard B
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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.

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank SakinWorld
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