The only evidence of Almoravid religious architecture in Marrakech, this rectangular building, circumscribed by four pillars, is surmounted by a dome decorated on the outside with a carved decoration of arches surmounted by rafters that frame a heptagonal star. This decoration is close to those found on the dome of the al-Qarawiyine Mosque of Fez (859-1135) or the Qahwat Al-Qubba of Sousse (11ème-12ème).
In the upper parts of the building are pierced with openings decorated with arches of various shapes. We find similar uses in terms of the variety of arches and decor in the Bab AlMardum mosque in Toledo. The interior of the Qoubbat recalls the art of the Caliph era in Andalusia. Large multi-lobed overhanging arches placed directly on the square ledge constitute the framework of the dome with a rich floral decoration incised around a strongly protruding shell. This motif, very present in antiquity, recalls a very rich past and the many exchanges between the West and the East.
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Location: Kaat Benahid, Ben Youssef Square, near the Marrakech Museum and Ben Youssef Mosque