Almoravid Koubba

Historic Building in Central Souqs

The Almohads destroyed almost everything their Almoravid predecessors built in Marrakesh, but overlooked this small, graceful 12th-century koubba (shrine) – probably used for ablutions – across from Ali Ben Youssef Mosque. This relic reveals what Hispano-Morish architecture owes to the Almoravids: keyhole arches, ribbed vaulting, interlaced arabesques and domed cupolas on crenellated bases. It's closed to visitors, but you can peek through the fence to get a glimpse of its architectural details.