Tinmel Mosque

Tinmel mosque, detail
Tinmel mosque, detail

The mosque of Tinmel stands isolated on the green valley N’Fis (High Atlas), where the yellow of the walls contrasts with the rough and arid mountain slopes. From the outside, the building does not reveal the inner architectural. Originally from the eleventh century, served later as a model to Koutubia Mosque in Marrakesh.

Currently only remains the ruins of their former glory, including the walls that surrounded the city and the Grand Mosque, archetype of the great mosques of the Almohads The model spread throughout the Maghreb over the following centuries.

Tinmel mosque, detail
Tinmel mosque, detail

The building occupies a rectangle of 48.1 meters per 43.6 m, which can be accessed by six side doors, arranged face to face. Four doors open onto the prayer room and two to the courtyard. The mosque has no roof today and two of the towers disappeared, but the mihrab (place of worship) and internal arches of complex pattern, is pretty much intact.
Geometric building standards as decorative elements are very elaborate, like in traditional Moroccan architecture

Tinmel mosque, detail
Tinmel mosque, detail

Something you must know:To visit the mosque, which is usually closed, you will have to search, at the village, for the key holder, which will make you a guided tour to the Tinmel Mosque.

The Tinmel Mosque, is applying for UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.