Given how much I’ve written about their ruins, I thought I’d pay a little attention to the Dynasty responsible for settling one of our favourite parts of Morocco.

Founded in the 12th century, the Almohad Dynasty established their Berber state in the Atlas Mountains before expanding their power over all northern Africa and sweeping over to Portugal and southern Spain, where they eventually transferred their capital to Seville in 1170 CE.

Because of which you’ll find evidence of their presence in the Giralda, commissioned in 1184 CE in imitation of the Koutoubia Mosque.

Their dominance carried on until 1212 CE when Muhammad III was defeated by an alliance of Christian princes at the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, leading to their inevitable decline. Culturally the Almohads are known for the reduction of decorations and were responsible for the introduction of geometrical holes into their architecture.