KOUTOUBIA

6 March 2019

Without a doubt, the most important religious building in Marrakech.
Why ?
First of all locally because Moroccans, very active, turn to her several times a day during the call to prayer. In addition, for tourists, Koutoubia is often recommended to locate and navigate the city!

Built in the 12th century under the orders of Sultan Abdelmoumen (Almoravid dynasty), Koutoubia - meaning "The Mosque of booksellers" - named after its former location was in the souk of manuscript dealers!
The religious building, built in a rather different style, consists of a large courtyard, a prayer room, the wall of qibla (indicating the direction of orientation for prayer) and the minaret (the tower used to the call to prayer) reaching 77 meters in height!
During the prayer hours, do not be surprised to see Moroccans abruptly stop their current activities to turn to Koutoubia and practice their religious exercise.

Visitors can not access the mosque, reserved for its worshipers. Nevertheless, you can approach the latter to admire its Hispano-Moorish architecture.