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Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret

Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech, Morocco
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As featured in 3 days in Marrakech
Ranked #19 of 91 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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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful structure and history, very impressive. Visit during the day, for fantastic photographs, and at night for the atmosphere, and lighting, very atmospheric.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Until Ramadan ends - 28 July - you have the extraordinary opportunity to witness the Moslem religious prayer ceremony enacted by thousands of male believers outside the Mosque (the sexes do not mix during prayer). The call to prayer begins @ 9pm, concludes @ 11pm and the courtyard is transformed from a flat concrete expanse with straw matting to an... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful Mosque, looms tall over the city and best visited at sunset and night when it is lit up wonderfully.

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We were strolling from our hotel to the Souk and happened to walk by the Mosque and very glad we did. It was very pretty and had a well kept garden. As being non-Muslim we were not allowed to enter the Mosque inside. However we were lucky as a Marrakech gentleman who spoke very good English, French, and Arabic was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

As a non-Muslim I was unable to go into the mosque, but our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the mosque and its relevance to Marrakech.

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Cos Cob, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We visited during Ramadan and the experience of the faithful at the mosque is quite moving. You cannot go inside the mosque if you are not a Muslim, but the exterior is well worth the visit.

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Holland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The garden is amazing for escaping from the hot Moroccan sun, but try not to be too close during the call to prayer because it can be quite loud.

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

amazing building very beautiful worth a visit. visited the building with tour guide who explained about the mosque and its history its a major landmark so go visit it especially if you are into culture and history if not then give it a miss

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Gloucester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

visit the Medina in the old town and the jewish quarter to sample Marakech. You will get the atompshere, energy and sometimes squalor, ingenuity of the people side by side with living history.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We first viewed the minaret from the end of a long boulevard. It is the oldest mosque in Marrakech and is the tallest structure at 77 metres. We walked around the building and visited the original foundation of the older mosque from the 12th century. The mosque can hold 20,000 people inside and another 20,000 outside on mats amongst the... More

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