Thursday, September 20, 2018

Out of the Jurisdiction: Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech


The Koutoubia Mosque -- or mosque of the booksellers -- is visible from many points in Marrakech.  It is the symbol of Marrakech.  It was constructed in 1184-1189 by the Almohad dynasty after they defeated their arch enemies, the Almoravids, and captured Marrakech.


The minaret is 77 meters tall.  It replaced one on an adjoining site that had been misaligned toward Mecca and fell into disrepair and has been removed (except for rows of columns).  The Koutoubia Mosque is the model for other mosques around Morocco, including the Tour Hassan in Rabat.


6 comments:

RedPat said...

Wonderful views, Jack!

Sharon Anck said...

Such a beautiful place to take a stroll.

William Kendall said...

Impressive!

jennyfreckles said...

Looks lovely all lit up.

Cloudia said...

Glad I looked in, Jack

bill burke said...

Pretty impressive Jack. It looks incredible all lit up.