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Koutoubia Mosque

Listed under Mosques in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Built in the 12th Century, this is the largest mosque in Marrakech, built below an impressive minaret tower, large and square, which can be seen from all over the city: it's 69metres high, in the red clay of most of the old city. Inside it are six chambers, one on top of each other.

People also still refer to is as the mosque of the booksellers because this used to be the bookseller's district.

Koutoubia Mosque is closed to non-Muslims, it's like a giant prayer hall inside, but it's a popular landmark in a nice area so it's nice to walk around it, especially in the evening when you can hear the hum of what's going on inside.

Written by  Esther Blume.

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“Koutoubia Mosque”

Construction on the Koutoubia mosque began shortly after the Almohad conquest of Marrakesh, around 1150. Built on the site of an 11th-century Almoravid mosque, it was completed during the reign of Sultan Yacoub el Mansour (1184-99). Its name comes from t… Read more...

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As the mosque is closed to non-muslims its hard to say what it is like inside, but if you are nearby when the call to prayer starts, its amazing, the sound of god is great, reverberates all around the air and its a very goosebumpy moment, eat at La Bala the indian on the top of the Jardin de la koutoubia, and wait for the call to prayer at around 2pm

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