Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech!

One of the monuments in Marrakech is also the Koutoubia Mosque, though non muslims are not allowed from entering the premises.  It’s not one of the most sought after attractions as we hardly get to go inside, but the location and the tallest structure of the mosque which is some 77 meter (231 feet) minaret does make you curious enough to go there and capture its presence.

The mosque is also called the Kutubiyya Mosque i.e. The Mosque of Booksellers. It is located at the southwest medina quarter. Founded in 1147 by Almohad caliph Abd al-Mu’min right after he conquered Marrakech from the Almoravids. A second version of the mosque was entirely rebuilt by Abd al-Mumin around 1158.

The minaret’s gleaming brass spire keeps its shine year-round thanks to an old Moroccan technique: each year the balls are filled with mineral-rich salt from the High Atlas, which keeps the spire from oxidising. The area northwest of the Koutoubia minaret was once the mosque’s prayer hall, which is believed to have collapsed during the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, killing hundreds as it fell.

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