Koutoubia Mosque

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech, Morocco, Marrakesh
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Family And Kids

Koutoubia Mosque - Review

The Koutoubia mosqueis the largest mosque in the city. The original mosque was built by Abd-al-Mu'min and was completed in 1157. Fun fact- the originalmosque was built misaligned to the direction of the mecca while the second mosque was built by Almohad Caliph Yacoub El-Mansour to perfection. The minaret touches a height of 77 meters and is seen from almost anywhere in the city. Today, the sheer architecture of the mosque with its beautiful ceramic tile details, curved windows, Moorish-styled scalloped arches, old fortifications, stunning motifs and the copper top consisting of 4 spheres, is loved by locals as well as tourists. The 4 spheres were originally built in gold- one of them donated by wife of Yaqub al-Mansur who melted her jewelry to make the 4th sphere. The interiors consist of 6 rooms (stacked one above the other). Aflag is hoisted next to the 4 spheres during every Friday and on special occasions.

Highlights include:

  • The Prayer hall with over a 100 columns that support the beautiful arches.

Today, the mosque and the minaret are the oldest structures belonging to the Almovad period. A walk around the plaza and gardens after sunset, is recommended.

Koutoubia Mosque Information

  • The Mosque & Minaret are closed to Non-Muslims.

Koutoubia Mosque Ticket Prices

  • Admission to the place is Free.

Koutoubia Mosque Opening and Closing Hours

  • For other timings, please visit the official website.  

How To reach Koutoubia Mosque by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Terminus Arset El Bilk
  • By caliche (Horse-drawn carriage)
  • By Taxi
  • On foot

Restaurants Near Koutoubia Mosque

  • Narwama
  • Dar Diafa
  • Dar Sohane

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TripHobo Highlights for Koutoubia Mosque

  • Koutoubia Mosque Address: Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech, Morocco, Marrakesh
  • Koutoubia Mosque Timing: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Koutoubia Mosque Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Koutoubia Mosque(preferred time): 08:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Koutoubia Mosque: 00:30 Mins
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Things to Know Before Visiting Koutoubia Mosque

  • 95% of people who visit Marrakesh include Koutoubia Mosque in their plan

  • 25.82% of people start their Koutoubia Mosque visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Koutoubia Mosque

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

79.77% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Koutoubia Mosque

People normally club together Saadian Tombs and Jardin Menara Garden while planning their visit to Koutoubia Mosque.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh Reviews

  • Nice place to visit or sight see from the outside. Everytime I try to get closer, I was always being told it's closed for the day. And then the tour guide who stands by the mosque would suggest for him to take me through the market instead. I was annoyed by this point. Only to realise from reception at my stay that tourists aren't allowed inside. The tour guide could have just told me that from the beginning.

  • The Koutoubia Mosque (Arabic: جامع الكتبية‎) is the largest mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco. It's beautiful from inside and outside. A must visit place in old city of Marrakesh (Madina). The atmosphere is so peaceful at day or night. Nearby park is pretty and the old market (souq) is close-by. Highly recommended place to visit.

  • Signature historical monument and largest mosque in Marrakech. An amazing experience during Friday prayers. Please visit this beautiful mosque if you are Muslim and also if you are not Muslim ofcourse.

  • This mosque is very beautiful. It’s easy to notice it from any part of the Marrakech. It’s pleasant time to walk nearby at the evening when the city is red because of the sunset.

  • The Koutoubia Mosque or Kutubiyya Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco. The mosque is also known by several other names, such as Jami' al-Kutubiyah and Mosque of the Booksellers. It is located in the southwest medina quarter of Marrakesh. The mosque is ornamented with curved windows, a band of ceramic inlay, pointed merlons, and decorative arches; it has a large plaza with gardens, and is floodlit at night. The minaret, 77 metres (253 ft) in height, includes a spire and orbs. It was completed under the reign of the Berber Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199), and has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. [SOURCE: Wikipedia]

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