Koutoubia Mosque

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Bojasem Bojasem
216 reviews
islamic symbol Oct 10, 2013
The Koutoubia Mosque It is located in the southwest medina quarter of Marrakesh. It was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199),the names Koutoubia cames from Mosque of the Booksellers & the word

of books in Arabic Koutoub.

The highlight of the Koutoubia mosque, which non-Muslims may not enter, is the beautiful minaret. Rising almost 70m, it dominates the Djemaa el Fna square and can be seen from much of the city.

The mosque is made of red stone,The building, of bricks and sandstone, The minaret is designed in Umayyad style and was constructed of sandstone

The design of the Koutoubia mosque in old Islamic design.
me close to the mosque
the mousque
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Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
The city symbol ! Jan 01, 2011
Construction on the Koutoubia mosque began shortly after the Almohad conquest of Marrakesh, around 1150. Built on the site of an 11th-century Almoravid mosque, it was completed during the reign of Sultan Yacoub el Mansour (1184-99). Its name comes from the Arabic for "book" (koutoub), because there was originally a book market nearby.

The highlight of the Koutoubia mosque, which non-Muslims may not enter, is the beautiful minaret. Rising almost 70m, it dominates the Djemaa el Fna square and can be seen from much of the city.

The design of the Koutoubia minaret was highly influential on later towers (notably the Hassan Tower in Rabat and the beautiful La Giralda in Seville) and on Moroccan architecture in general. The wide band of ceramic tiles at the top, the pointed battlements (merlons), the alternate patterning on each side, and various other decorative motifs can all be seen on various buildings across the country.

The minaret is topped with copper balls of decreasing size, a traditional design in Morocco. There are usually only three orbs; legend has it the fourth was a gift from the wife of Saadian ruler Yacoub el Mansour, as penance for breaking her fast for three hours during Ramadan.

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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Stunning mosque Nov 23, 2010
The Koutoubia Mosque dates back from the twelfth century and is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. It also dominates the skyline of the medina area, and is simply stunning to look at from sunrise to sunset.

The mosque is an active site and is frequented by locals who attend the site for prayers. The area is very lovely for a general wander too. The gardens are really relaxing and lush for the eyes, and are complete with benches to sit down on and a wonderful long fountain towards the back of the mosque. The minaret is obviously tall and contains finer detail which demands a closer look.

Athough I didn’t go in, and there certainly didn’t seem to be any easy possibility to tourists to enter, this was a lovely building to see just from the outside. Definitely worth a walk around.
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Simply exquisite Aug 22, 2010
A review of the Koutabia Mosque in Marrakech should be written by a Muslim since the rest of us are not allowed inside - and I very much hope that this review may provoke others who have been inside to write their own. I only know about all the aisles and arches of this huge mosque from reading.

Even so the exterior is sufficient to convey an atmosphere of awe. The tower is 69 metres high and is said to have served as a model for the Giralda of Seville in Spain. Apparently there are six rooms arranged vertically and a ramp leads gradually upwards around them. Going on the Giralda, I imagine it is easy to walk to the top.

The ancient minbar from the Koutabia Mosque is the one displayed at the Badii Palace. (see review)
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Koutabia Mosque, tower detail
Africancrab says:
I don't believe a Muslim would write about it, it is considered a sacred place for them.
Posted on: May 23, 2012
Africancrab Africanc…
777 reviews
An Architectural Achievement and Sacred Destination Oct 07, 1996
One of the most impressive structures I saw in Marakech was the Koutoubia Mosque. The Koutoubia Minaret Mosque is the tallest structure in Marrakech. It dates back to the 12th century, a credit to Moorish architecture; it is an architectural achievement of the time and a Sacred Destination in Morocco. At a little over 70 meters high it is a great landmark for visitors coming to Marakech for the first time. The mosque is adorned with three golden balls, the originals were replaced by the current ones which are copper but gold plated. The original building was constructed in 1147 but was destroyed and re-built to align it with Mecca.

If you pay attention, you will actually see the remains of the original mosque around the Koutoubia Gardens. For being a Muslim city, there is a call to prayer 5 times a day; at the top of the minaret is a huge PA facing all four directions to ensure everyone hears the call to prayer.

If you are not a Muslim, do not expect to go into the mosque; however the sight of it, the façade is impressive.

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