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“Beautiful” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret

Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret
Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech, Morocco
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“Beautiful”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

The mosque is stunning but the area around it isn't so nice. Lots of homeless begging and we saw a guy having a wee agaimst one if the walls, didn't seem overly resepectful to us! We loved looking at the mosque at sunset from one of the cafes in the main square. Beautiful!

Visited September 2013
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“Nice preserved heritage”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Nice trip to koutoubia and minaret. Some good pictures taken, colourful and interesting history. Be careful though walking on these tours as traffic pretty awful and bikes, cars, donkeys, horses, camels etc are liable to knock you down.shame we could not go into the mosques but hearing the call to prayers was actually very peaceful.

Visited August 2013
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“Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret - Iconic centre of Marrakech seen from Miles Around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This oldest mosque in Marrakech and its minaret are located at the western side of Jemaael Fna square and if you get dropped off to the square by taxi then it's likely this will be right there beside you. The minaret is an impressive structure being the tallest building in the city and a focal point should you get lost. Walking around the mosque is interesting, seeing the ruins to the east and also the gardens to the west but access into the mosque is restricted for non muslims. It is impressive during the day and better during the night when it is lit up. Well worth a visit to take in the minaret's beauty.

Visited September 2013
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“The oldest mosque in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Well, as per the guide informs this is the oldest mosque in Marrakech. It is stunning to see from miles away and the weight of gold on the top of the minaret is unbelievable. The call is made from a very old man who still climbs over 70 steps 5 times a day!

Visited August 2013
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“Can't go in”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The minaret is an eye catcher being the tallest edifice in the city. The floodlit view at night is best, especially from a distance. The gardens and the ruins left behind the mosque are interesting. The ancient story of the mosque being out of alignment with Mecca is a good one. The first mosque was 5 degrees off so they built a second mosque which turned out to be 10 degrees off. The prayerful simply adjust there positions inside. The history of a place is sometimes better than the place. We non-Muslims, understandably, could not enter.

Visited April 2013
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