Essential Architecture-  Morrocco

Qubba al-Barudiyyin

architect

 

location

Marrakesh

date

1117

style

Islamic Almoravid

construction

 

type

Mosque waterworks
 
  Exterior
 
  Vaulting
The Qubbat Barudiyin (completed in 1120) was built as a fountain pavilion for the congregational mosque of the Almoravid ruler 'Ali ben Yusuf (r. 1107-1142), and demonstrates the continuing importance of building techniques and architectural motifs from Spain incorporated with North African traditions. Located in an annex of the mosque (now rebuilt), the rectangular pavilion is open on all sides by lobed and pointed arches and is vaulted with a stuccoed brick dome. The dome's independent interior vault, with its shallow dome divided into eight segments and supported by an octagonal base of polylobed arches, refers to the central maqsura dome of the Great Mosque of Cordoba. The Qubbat's highly decorated interior vault incorporates muqarnas, and was probably illuminated by windows of colored glass set within stucco grilles.

Source:

Hoag, John. 1987. Islamic Architecture. NY: Rizzoli, 47-49.

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