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Koutoubia Mosque
Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque

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Medina Jamaa El Fenna, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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The magnificent minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque can be seen by one and all as it is the largest structure in the beautiful city of Marrakesh, Morocco. This landmark has been standing since the 12th ... Read more
century and its name comes from the Arabic word for "librarian". During the building of this 221 foot high building, local merchants sold many books around the base of the structure which is how it got its name. The interior consists of 17 aisles, 112 columns and is 58,000 square feet that is only open to Muslims, but the gardens around the exterior are open to everyone to stroll through and enjoy.

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Porto, Portugal

Beautiful mosque and surrounding gardens. Nice place to walk around and rest a bit from the hustling of the souks!

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Guanaja, Honduras

Within walking distance of Jemaa el-Fnaa Market, the Koutoubia Mosque dominates the skyline and it is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. Building was started in 1147 but had to be restarted as it was realised that it was off-centre and not aligned towards Mecca. The height of the minaret is 253 feet (approx 77m). The call to prayer by the muezzin sounds out five times a day above the noise of the market.

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Brighton and Hove, UK

The mosque is a major Marrakech landmark. It can be quite handy if you become disorientated as it can be seen from much of the old city and is beautifully illuminated at night. My friend made it back to our riad in an inebriated condition after a wild night out, solely thanks to the prominence of Koutoubia. Three minutes walk from Jemma el Fna (the main square), it's situated in attractive grounds where orange and palm trees grow. The mosque is closed to non-Muslims, but is worth a visit to check out the intricate detail on the exterior of the building and enjoy the gardens.

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One of the most impressive monuments of Marrakech and one of the most beautiful mosques of the Western Muslim world. Marked by a complex history; it is actually a double sanctuary with a minaret. The first Koutoubia was inaugurated in 1157 and the second as well as the minaret were built a year later by order of Abdelmoumen. The two sanctuaries are distinguished by their innovative plan giving you a capital importance to the wall of the qibla (orientation of prayer).
Marking the landscape of its presence, the minaret erected in stone, a height of 77 m, allows the use of a ramp to reach its summit. A sober decoration composed of carved reliefs and registers of white and green ceramic tiles punctuating the upper parts of the facades and the pinnacle.

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Have a walk round the Koutoubia gardens, and admire the beautiful architecture of the mosque.

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Foster City, California, USA

Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. The mosque is beautifully ornamented with curved windows and decorative arches. It has a large plaza with gardens, and is lit at night.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Though closed to visitors, this tall minaret is a beautiful landmark and welcome fixed point of reference for navigating the city. You can't miss it. Brilliantly lit at night.

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Nizwa, Oman
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The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest in Marrakesh and is a fine example of the Almohad style of architecture popular in the 12th century. It was the prototype for the Giralda of Seville actually and its name is so derived because they used to sell manuscripts in its environs.

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Sydney, Australia

Seen from many points in the city, it juts into visability and shows its importance to the city. The grounds are nice to walk around, but when I went it wasn't anything too special. I did find a few nooks and crannies that were beautiful to me and I loved the moroccan archways!

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

This beautiful mosque sits right on the "big square". It's nice to sit down in the gardens surrounding the mosque. You'll probably be offered to buy some food. Don't over pay (like we did)!

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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There's something incredible about this mosque and how the tower can be seen almost anywhere in the city.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hard to miss, this 1000+ year old mosque is beautiful and an essential landmark for orienting yourself when you get lost in the medina.

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Local from Marrakech, Marrakesh

Nice place a mystical by amazighmarruecos.com

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Maia (Porto)

Cannot Get it in there

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Genova, Italy

Uno dei monumenti più significativi della città imperiale. Questa moschea era stata abbattuta e ricostruita per riposizionarla verso la Mecca. Dominata da un imponente minareto che regala un'atmosfera affascinante e calda soprattutto durante le prime ore serali. Il tramonto in questa zona della città è particolarmente suggestivo grazie alla presenza del minareto di Koutoubia. Questo luogo sacro è davvero molto importante nella vita quotidiana dei musulmani: 5 volte al giorno il Muezzin richiama i suoi fedeli con un tono di voce perentorio e li invita alla preghiera. Purtroppo è possibile ammirare
l'edificio soltanto dall'esterno, in quanto ai non musulmani non è consentito l'accesso.

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Mexico City

Una mezquita que impresiona. Puede verse desde cualquier punto de la ciudad

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St-Tropez, France
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Porto Alegre, Brasil
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Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK
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