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Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret

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Address: Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech, Morocco
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Beautiful and iconic minaret

The minaret is beautifully constructed with intricate carvings. It is the symbol of Marrakech, visible throughout the Medina, and you should not miss it. As we could not enter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Had a walk around the masjid yesterday as it is only open at prayer times. Managed to pray the afternoon prayer today. Very serene inside in contrast to the madness of Jemaa el fna across the road! Easy to recognise the Spanish influence inside; reminded me of Andalusia although I have never been, I have seen pictures. If you are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The minaret is beautifully constructed with intricate carvings. It is the symbol of Marrakech, visible throughout the Medina, and you should not miss it. As we could not enter the mosque, this review does not address it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

You have to visit this. On the outside of the centre it towers over the market. We used it as a landmark. Very beautiful. A must to see.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Pointless visit, couldn't get in and people outside trying to get your money. A meeting place of thieves and nothing more. Wish I'd walked past.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This mosque is completely listed as a highlight of Marrakech, however many people are disappointed that they cannot enter it (Muslims only). While I had a quick look around the outside and snapped a few photos, I did not appreciate the importance of this mosque until I arrived in Seville, Spain. The Seville Cathedral was once a mosque which has... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Even though you can't enter as a non-believer, nevertheless it's still possible to recognise the elegance of the structure. It also has the outline of the foundations of the earlier mosque, and has a cool set of gardens to the west towards The Mamounia (sad the fountains are not working)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is the big landmark but is also disappointing since there's no information plaques around (that we found, anyway). We looked it up online and found that the hangman's stand is actually a direction guide for Mecca. The ruins next door are foundations for the original mosque, apparently taken down by a later ruler since it wasn't quite facing Mecca... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Koutoubia Mosque is impressive although non Muslims are not allowed to enter, however the gardens surrounding the Mosque are very pleasant to sit and enjoy the peace, a word of warning though if you are offered to try for (free) the biscuits that the sellers walking around the park and gardens offer it will cost you as much as... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Koutoubia is simply a noteworthy landmark since it can't be visited. I found that like the Jemaa, it is over hyped and not worth the acclaim. All this can be forgotten if the mosque could be visited. It cannot. Take a photo and move on.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A very impressive building from the outside, it's incredible to listen to the prayers blasted out of the speakers - echoes over the whole medina - a must see.

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