Koutoubia Mosque
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Jason JG
Tucson, AZ7 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Nothing much. Yet I must say the minaret is massive and esthetically elegant. You can view it from the square. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mosque. But I’m sure the inner space of the mosque is more stunning, judging from some previous reviews done by Muslim visitors.
Written September 22, 2022
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ldgp14
Walsall, UK2,638 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The over 800 year old Koutoubia Mosque is a can't miss on your trip to Marrakech, quite literally as it is by far the tallest structure in the city. Having visited La Giralda just 8 days before it is clear it took its influence from Koutoubia. When you see the minaret it really feels like one of the worlds great monuments. It also has a lovely garden outside which has some shade to escape the intense Morrocan heat.
Written July 28, 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,406 contributions
Jul 2022
The eye catching 77m high minaret of Koutoubia mosque stands out. It dates from the second half of the 12th century. It was and to some extent still is an example for minarets constructed all over the country and beyond. La Giralda in Seville is probably the best example of similitude. Built later, but during the same period during which the Almohad dynasty settled and ruled over large parts of southern Spain. For me the main difference between the two is that La Giralda is embedded in a much larger (Christian) complex and prosperous modern city, while Koutoubia stands alone. Most other structures in Marrakesh are much lower and the city is less developed. Perhaps for these reasons more impressive?
Written August 1, 2022
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Musicians Mum
437 contributions
May 2022
I have seen this a few times on previous visits,It is a very iconic building and a landmark so one can never get lost in the souk!!!!
Surrounding gardens and square are pleasant.
Nhis visit,whilst walking to the souk ,I found an interesting "tree" in the square,a solar panel tree!!Complete with charging sockets and suchlike.
So representative of modern Morocco,embracing modern technology and preserving heritage.
Written June 5, 2022
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Ed C
Arlington, VA769 contributions
Jan 2020
As my plane was on approach to Marrakech Airport (RAK) I became aware that a number of people were quite interested in something outside. When I looked I saw the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque many miles in the distance. As I was to see later, that minaret is visible throughout Marrakech. Our tour made a stop at the mosque. There we were told the history of the two mosques that had occupied that spot and that, by CIVIL law dating back to the days of the French Protectorate, in Morocco, the only mosque non-moslems may enter is the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. We were also told about the minaret. There is a ~13 meter spire at the top holding three copper spheres. The spheres themselves are copper and range in size from ~2 meters, ~1 meter, and ~1/2 meter.in diameter. On the far side of the spheres is a wooden mast from which a green flag is flown on Fridays. Even though we could not enter the mosque, it is very photogenic from many places in the surrounding parks and gardens.
Written February 22, 2020
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
This beautiful rose coloured mosque was originally built in the Almoravid times but was demolished and rebuilt in the 12th century because it was not facing Mecca correctly. The name of the mosque Koutoubia hails from the Arabic word for bookseller. This is because during the Almohad times booksellers used to trade their wares at the foot of this mosque. The mosque has elegant decorations, arches and curved windows, grand ceramic inlays and a special minbar or pulpit. But the highlight of the mosque is it’s 253 feet high minaret. It’s design, which consists of spheres and spires, has inspired famous buildings like the Giralda of Seville and Hassan Tower of Rabat. No building in the surrounding area is allowed to be built higher than this minaret. The mosque is surrounded by well maintained gardens and fountains. The Muslims can visit it during the prayer times while the non Muslims are not allowed to enter it.
Written July 11, 2020
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Sly S
28 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Greetings All..

I've visited Koutoubia Mosque once before but my second visit was extra special as I had the honour of going up inside the square minaret, all the way to the top.

I was out of breath however it was sooo worth it once I reached the top as the views of Marrakech were amazing.

The mosque itself is a huge structure and the outer brickwork is very impressive. The dim lighting inside and the vast area and pillars and lights and architecture and a separate courtyard all make this mosque beautiful and it should most definitely be on one's list of places to visit.
Written July 29, 2020
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samaubais
Aubais, France87 contributions
Oct 2020
In Paris, you can visit la Tour Effeil among others. In London, you can enjoy Big Ben in particular, etc, etc.
In Marrakech, there is the Koutoubia, over 900 years old.
The Koutoubia, mosque and its minaret, is a religious building built in the 12th century by the Almohads. As amazing by day than by night (nicely lighted), it's our lighthouse in Marrakech.
I've been living here for almost 7 years and I still admirate it each time I drive or walk nearby. Our pride here in Marrakech. Among so many treasures ...
Written November 8, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia41,687 contributions
Jul 2019
We visited and had a walk around the mosque area. The building dates to around the 12th century and its minaret is quite tall at about 80 or so metres high. The minaret was built by Spanish captives! The mosque is quite lovely and obviously has a lot of history behind it. Its history is literally all around it.
Written June 6, 2020
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1,482 contributions
Oct 2019
The mosque's minaret with its spectacular Moorish ornament, is the city's tallest and a great way to orient yourself. The mosque is only open for prayer to Muslims. However, the building is impressive and the gardens lovely.
Written January 2, 2020
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