"Mosquée Koutoubia" Koutoubia Minaret & Koutoubia Gardens Tip by MM212

  Interior of Koutoubia Mosque
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  • Interior of Koutoubia Mosque - Marrakesh
      Interior of Koutoubia Mosque
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  • Koutoubia Mosque - Marrakesh
      Koutoubia Mosque
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  • Koutoubia Entrance - Marrakesh
      Koutoubia Entrance
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Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in Marrakech, derives its name from "books" due to the sellers of manuscripts who used to be stationed by the mosque. It was first built by Almohad dynasty in the middle of the 12th century, over the remains of an older Almoravides-period palace, but was quickly destroyed and rebuilt as the original structure was not correctly aligned to Mecca. The minaret was added in the second half of the 12th century and served as a model for la Giralda in Seville, a testament to the importance of Marrakech and its architecture. The simple architectural style of the mosque is typical of the period, which is a contrast to the highly ornate style of the later Saadian period. Tourists are not permitted to enter the mosque, and photographing the inside is not tolerated either (I had to snap quickly while standing outside).

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2008
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