Koutoubia Mosque Tavel Guide

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  • Koutoubia Mosque Tavel Guide

Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. 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 in height, includes a spire and orbs. The mosque is made of red stone, formerly plastered, and has six rooms in succession, one above the other. It was designed so as to prevent anyone gazing in from the minaret to the harems of the king. Even in the modern day, such restrictions are enforced by blocking Google Earth access to Moroccans. Architectural details of the old mosque and the new mosque are identical except for the orientation. Hence, what is true of one holds true for the other, though the first mosque is now derelict. It is designed in a traditional Almohad style and the tower is adorned with copper globes.