Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia Mosque is Marrakech’s most important mosque and was one of the largest places of worship for followers of Islam when it was completed in 1158.

Commissioned by Abd-al-Mu'min, the construction of the Koutoubia began in 1141. The highlights of the mosque are the minaret that stands 226ft (69m) high, which is very similar to the Giralda (bell tower of the Seville Cathedral in Spain), and the colour of the temple, made of red stone, which is typical of the region.

Its name means Mosque of the Booksellers because of the numerous book stands that surrounded the Mosque when it was first built.

The highest point of Marrakech

Its magnificent minaret is nearly 70m (226ft) tall and towers over the city. It is the highest building in Marrakech. The rest of the temple is 60m (197ft) wide and 90m (295ft) long.

Non-Muslims may not enter

Non-Muslims may not enter the Koutoubia Mosque nor can they enter any other mosque in Marrakech. Visitors will have to do with seeing it from the outside. The surroundings of the Mosque are always packed with people, either visiting the temple's gardens or its nearby streets. It is very easy to get to since it is located opposite the city's main square, Jemaa el-Fna.