This structure is the sole evidence of Almoravid religious monument in Marrakech. The rectangular-shaped building is supported with four pillars, and a dome tops it on the outside which has an arch decoration surmounted by chevrons to form a heptagonal star. The design is similar to those of Al-Qarawiyine mosque of Fez (859-1135) and the Qahwat Al-Qubba of Sousse (11th-12th).
Some pierced openings can be seen at the climax designed with arches of different shapes. Also, a similar application of arches and decorations can be seen in the Bab Al-Mardum mosque in Toledo. The internal design of the Qoubat is identical to the art of the Caliphate period among the Andalusians. The cupola frame is made of a big polylobe horseshoe arches which are located on top of the moldings of the square plan. It is also designed with appealing florals around a protruded shell. This pattern serves as a reminiscent of the rich past, and trade link between the West and the East – some of these designs are still in use presently.
Location: KaatBenahid, Ben Youssef Square, beside Marrakech Museum and mosque of Ben Youssef.
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