Adjoining the palace, according to medieval texts, the Grand Mosque of Aghmat was founded by Wattas ibn Kardûs in the Islamic year of 245 H (859 AD). The structure was definitively confirmed as the mosque during the 2011 excavation. It is also clear that there are several phases in its evolution over time.
The central nave is wider than the others, thus leading to the mihrab which is only partially preserved. What survives is evidence of a relatively large, polygonal mihrab and some broken pieces of the decorative carved stucco with epigraphic and floral design. What has also survived is the emplacement for a system of wooden rails for a movable minbar (pulpit), the second such archaeological feature to be excavated in Morocco, the first being in the Almohad mosque of Sijilmasa.
There is clear evidence that the qibla (orientation toward Mecca) has undergone major corrections over time, thus presenting further archaeological evidence of a phenomenon widely discussed in the textual sources.
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