Koutoubia Mosque

Currently Closed
  • Address: Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech, Morocco, Marrakesh
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  • 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 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

  • 28.65% of people who visit Marrakesh include Koutoubia Mosque in their plan

  • 28.93% of people start their Koutoubia Mosque visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Koutoubia Mosque

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

78.38% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Koutoubia Mosque

People normally club together Saadian Tombs and The Souks Laksour 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

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  • A mosque in the old town which you can use as a landmark. Nice building but youre not allowed to enter as a christian. Busy streets around Koutoubia wit lots of traffic.

  • This is one of the landmarks in Marrakesh and a must visit. This Mosque is over 900 years old and has undergone complete refurbishment 3 years ago during a visit from King Mohammed (King of Morocco) who prefers to stay in Marrakesh during summer for its dry weather as the locals were telling me. if you are not a Muslim and want to go inside the mosque then you are not allowed but if you dress modestly and women cover your hair then you are allowed in. If the security guard stops you for any reason and starts talking in Arabic then just say you are from Bosnia.

  • Wonderful area near the main square of the old town to view the sunset. Very tall tower, picturesque, something to add to your todo list during a visit to town. I didn't go in the morning, but I imagine in the sunrise is magnificent.

  • Nice place to visit. It is located near a botanical parc. Loved the small garden with orange trees 😎👍

  • 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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