Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech, Morocco. It is also taller than the palm tress that surrounds it. It’s in the heart of Marrakech. You can’t miss it, especially when you’re in Djemaa El-Fna.
The minaret is 77 meters high – and five times a day, a muezzin beckons every followers for a call to prayer. It is adorned with beautifully intricate designs that inspired Geralda in Sevilla (Spain) and the Hasan Tower in Rabat.
On the top of the minaret are four copper balls in diminishing sizes.
There’s a garden around it which can be explored but the mosque itself is off-limits to non-muslim visitors.
The mosque used to be surrounded by booksellers, thus, it got it’s name, koutoubia (koutoub means book in Arabic). Nowadays, I didn’t see one bookseller in the area.
Where to Stay in Marrakech
True to its name, Rainbow Hostel is the most colourful hostel I’ve ever stayed in. It’s right in the medina and a few minutes walk to Place de Jemaa El-fnaa. They also have a tour desk. You can book it via HostelWorld.
Not into travelling solo or alone? Discover Morocco via Intrepid Travel. They have tours that aren’t crowded but limited participants. Choose from the different itineraries they have, exploring part of or the whole country. You’ll love their tours!