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Marrakech



Marrakech
Introduction

1. Jemaa al-Fna

2. Artists

3. Juice and barbecue

4. The great suuqs

5. Crafts

6. Shopping

7. Mosque of Koutoubia

8. Ben Youssef

9. El-Bahia palace

10. Almoravid koubba

11. Saadian Tombs

12. El-Badi Palace

13. Dar Si Said

14. Menara gardens

15. Majorelle gardens

16. Agdal garden

17. Mellah and Mi‚ara

18. City ramparts

19. Palm gardens

20. Modern streets

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MARRAKECH
Almoravid koubba

Almoravid koubba, Marrakech, Morocco


Almoravid koubba, Marrakech, Morocco


This is a rather tiny structure, only two storeys high. It is easy to pass by, but is of quite some interest to those stopping by. It is actually the only intact Almoravid structure in Morocco, a trace of the dynasty that ruled the territory of the southern half of modern Spain and Portugal, Morocco, the north of Algeria and Mauritania in the 11th and 12th centuries.
The scarcity of structures from the Almoravid period is because the succeeding Almohads, ordered as much as possible destroyed. The koubba dates to the early 12th century, which is the latter part of the Almoravid era; Marrakech fell to the Almohds in 1147.
Patterns from this kiosk is present in all of Moroccan architecture, with motifs like the pine cones, palms and acanthus leaves, as well as the form of the windows.
The koubba was excavated in 1952, and its low position compared to the streets indicate how much Marrakech's has risen from rubble and demolished houses over the centuries.
Entrance is 10dh, open every day 9.00-13.00 and 14.30-18.00. The sight is often called Koubba Ba'adiyn.


Almoravid koubba, Marrakech, Morocco




By Tore Kjeilen