Koutoubia MosqueCurrently 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
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.
- 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.
- The Mosque & Minaret are closed to Non-Muslims.
- Admission to the place is Free.
- For other timings, please visit the official website.
- By Bus: Terminus Arset El Bilk
- By caliche (Horse-drawn carriage)
- By Taxi
- On foot
- Dar Diafa
- Dar Sohane
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28.7% of people who visit Marrakesh include Koutoubia Mosque in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
28.93% of people start their Koutoubia Mosque visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Koutoubia Mosque
78.38% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Koutoubia Mosque
The Koutoubia Mosque, a fine example of Moorish architecture, is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. The name is derived from the Arabic word for librarian, since it used to be surrounded by sellers of manuscripts. Not being open to non-Muslims, among the tourists, the Koutoubia is most famous for its gardens and the 70m-high minaret which is one of the landmark of the city (and inspired other similar buildings as Seville’s La Giralda). Curiosity: the mosque has been reconstructed as it stands currently because the original building failed to properly face Mecca.
Beautiful. It lights up the sky in the night! The biggest Mosque in Marrakesh! Really nice.
We enjoyed the lovely mosque, the walk around it, and the large pack beside it. The sad thing is that non-muslim are not allowed in. The architecture is charming, and influenced by the Moorish construction.
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.
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.