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Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret

Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #18 of 90 Attractions in Marrakech
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Another historic mosque near the city center.
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Guilford, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This Mosque symbolizes Marrakech for many people. We could not go in, but in the evening many families gathered here and went across the street to the Jmaa El Fnaa. It was not as hard to cross the street here as it could be in NYC. Overall, pretty place but I found it unusual to see some of the fountains... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

As non-Muslims aren't allowed inside, you're just looking at the outside of a building. It's as nice as any building is from the outside and worth seeing whilst in Marrakech but I wouldn't say that it's particularly spectacular. I'm sure that inside it is lovely but you can see it from 500 yards away, you don't need to make the... More

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Bramley, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Although the mosque was not open for tourists as the Muslim religion does not allow it, I would make the effort to go and see this wonderful piece of architecture! We got some amazing photos.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

You can hear the call to prayer from any direction in the old city especially from Jma al Fna. Although tourists are not allowed in, during the prayers, the doors are open and you can see the prayers being performed. In the evening it becomes a social hub for many local residents who relax in the gardens adjacent to the... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Beautiful mosque next to the square. Adjoining it is a lovely garden with orange trees that is worth strolling through.

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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The mosque was closed for the times when we were there, but I don't think non-Muslims can see it from inside anyway. Gardens are beautiful with orange trees growing everywhere.

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The mosque is only open at prayer times and to muslims alone. The exterior is beautiful with a towering minaret and surrounding trees. The inner part of the mosque is not as ornate as some other mosques we have visited, however the simplicity is akin to a lot of the buildings in the local area. There are no ablution areas... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Really beautiful building from outside and inside. Went to pray on a Friday too which was a nice experience apart from all the beggar's outside . The gardens are nice to walk through too. Would highly recommend to go see and come again especially if you are in the area to see the market.

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I enjoyed this mosque , with its minaret square shape , it represents the old morrocan architecture style and is considered a symbol of Marrakech city , you can see it with its golden summit from any part of the town .. Koutoubia in Arabic means = the mosque of books seller , it was named so because this area... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This mosque would be only better if I could have gone inside. Make sure to see at night and daytime. Explore gardens and see the ruins of the old mosque. The people of Marrakech hand out in the area in front at night. Great people watching.

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