A must in Marrakech: the Koutoubia mosque


During your stay in Marrakech, the Restaurant Le Foundouk invites you to discover the Koutoubia mosque located 2 km away. Symbol of Marrakech, the mosque is located less than 200 meters from the famous Jemaâ El-Fna square in the heart of the Medina.

 

The mosque: the emblem of Marrakech


The largest mosque in Marrakech and the most impressive, the Koutoubia Mosque is a Sunni mosque of the 12th century. Nicknamed the mosque of the booksellers, it was located in the souk of the manuscripts merchants.

Its architecture and decoration illustrate the art of the Almohads, a Muslim dynasty of Berber origin that dominated North Africa and Spain in the 12th and 13th centuries.

An active place of worship, the interior of the mosque is not accessible to non-Muslims. Nevertheless, you can enjoy the square around it, the garden and admire its exterior beauty.

Both large and beautiful, the courtyard of the mosque as well as its beautifully flowered garden with its magnificent fountain offer a pleasant place for a relaxing break. You will appreciate this little corner of greenery in the heart of the medina of Marrakech.

 

The minaret: both high and sublime


The 77-metre high minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, overlooking the surrounding area, served as a model for the architecture of the Giralda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat.

Illuminated at night, it makes it one of the most beautiful monuments in North Africa.