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This one escaped my first round of Marrakech. It is a beautiful construction and it is the only architecture piece of the Almoravid period that survived until the present in Morocco. Being so, it is an important piece of the Moroccan architecture, because the Almoravid style influenced much of the later Moroccan architecture.

Almoravids were a powerful Berber dynasty, whose empire on its hey days, on the 11th and 12th century, stretched from most of what is now Spain and Portugal in the North, to Senegal and Mali in the South and the West part of Algeria. Their homeland was somewhere in the Sahara, maybe in what is now the Western Sahara or Mauritania.

This 11th century construction, which appears as a domed fountain to someone like myself, not versed in Moroccan and Islam architecture, must have been an annexe for ablutions of the nearby Ben Youssef Mosque. The mosque was demolished and rebuilt on the 12th century by the Almohads, who succeeded taking the power from the Almoravids and then on the 19th it was again rebuilt in Merenid style. Next to the domed building, there are some ruins of a cistern and latrines. It was buried for centuries and only in 1948 it was dug out and restored.

This was shot from the center of the (dried) pond that lies below the dome. I posted another pov on a WS.

Links to info: Wikitravel / Marrakech, Wikipedia/Marrakech, Wikipedia/Almoravids, Concise Britannica / Almoravids, Lexicorient / Marrakech, Lexicorient / Almoravids.

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