Founded in 1070–72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh
remained a political, economic and cultural centre for a long period.
Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North
Africa to Andalusia. It has several impressive monuments dating from
that period: the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, the battlements,
monumental doors, gardens, etc. Later architectural jewels include the
Bandiâ Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Saadian Tombs, several great residences and Place Jamaâ El Fna, a veritable open-air theatre.