Koutoubia Minaret & Koutoubia Gardens, Marrakesh
Pay a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque.
Located in the heart of the historical Medina, this landmark is indeed THE symbol of Marrakech, together with the popular Djema el-Fna Square... found just around the corner.
It is impossible not to notice the awesome minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque.... yes, at whatever hour of the day. The pink sandstone, taken from quarries once found in the hills surrounding Gueliz, changes color as the sunbeams strike it at different angles (with the passing of the day).... The effect is as if it were a gigantic torch! Quite impressive, I must say...
The Koutoubia Mosque is unavoidable in Marrakesh. With the highest minaret in the city, you can really see it from everywhere. There's an interesting history about the new mosque and the old one, of which you can still see the ruins, but you can probably find that in your guidebook.
If you're not Muslim, entrance inside the mosque is forbidden, which is fine by me. I always felt funny about stomping into churches and synagogues as people tried to pray or being asked to pay an entrance fee to see the inside of a religious building. You can still see the beautiful architecture, stroll through the lovely grounds or relax in the plaza in front of the mosque.
The tallest minaret in the city - 70m - it is a landmark.
It dates from the 12th century. Of course non Muslims can only admire the exterior.
As anywhere else, it is not allowed to go in for non-muslims. So it is nice to absorb the atmosphere at least on a bench in gardens while Mulla is reciting Koran.
Built by the Sultan Abdelmoumen in the 12th century, the mosque owes its name to hundreds of manuscript sellers who sell in the area. It is 69 metre high and built from Gueliz limestone.
If you get a combined ticket for Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, the museum, and Koubba Ba'adiyn, you only pay DH60. All these places are side by side.
The largest mosque in Marrakesh is visible from just about anywhere in the city. It is not open to non-Muslims.
The landmark of Marrakesh. Started to built in 1147 and finished in its present shape in 1199. Unfortunately, it was a building site when I was there.
Koutouba, with its perfect proportions the minaret of the mosque of Marrakesh is a great example of Islamic architecture