Tinmal Mosque

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Tin Mal Mosque, High Atlas Mountains, Southern Morocco.

Tinmel was built in 1156 to commemorate the founder of the Almohad Dynasty, Mohamed Ibn Tumart.

It soon became the centre of the Berber Almohad empire and served as a strategic base for the Almohads to draw plans for attacks against the Almoravids.

It is one of the only mosques in Morocco which non muslims can enter, alongside the Koutoubia in Marrakesh and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

Finished by Abd el Moumen around 1153–54, ‘tinmil’ means “school” in ancient Berber, referencing the buildings use as a Koranic school in the past.

Tin Mal (often referred to as TinMal, or Tinmel) became the spiritual and artistic center of the Almohad Caliphate. It's minimalist design of brick work and arches leading to doorways were an awe inspiring setting for the the generals of the Berber Almohad Empire as they lead their military campaigns towards fighting the Almoravids.

The Koutoubia in Marrakesh was influenced and modelled on the Tin Mal Mosques design.
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