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The first Koutoubia Mosque was built between 1147 and 1154 and ended in 1157 under the reign of the unified Caliph Ya’qub al-Mansur, where it was realized that the mihrab was neutral and not heading towards Mecca, which had undergone many changes until the end of the twelfth century.

The second mosque was built to match the first mosque. The planning, architectural designs, engravings, dimensions, and materials used in the construction were similar.

The layout and design of the minaret were identical in both mosques


El Koutoubia Mosque

The pride of the Almohad era was shaped by its mosques, walls, gates, and gardens next to the Manara Gardens created by the Andalusian architect. Al-Maliki lives under the command of the Almohad caliph at that time

It was named after the Koutoubia Mosque, based on the prestigious book trade at that time that was practiced in the market on its side, which included about a hundred booksellers.

It is joined in a rectangular prayer room with 17 porticoes directed vertically towards the qibla. And 11 domes decorated with carvings supported by columns and arches symmetrically and capitals such as those found in the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez


El Koutoubia Mosque

The silo was built with sandstone, a plaster brought from the Jebel Gueliz in central Marrakesh, and its top was built with small stones covered with lime paint decorated with imaginary lines of convergence that cover the defects in cutting stones.

Its minaret is decorated in its upperparts with a ceramic frieze painted the color of turquoise, which is the color of the Marrakesh buildings now. As for the pulpit, it is equipped with an automatic movement system that is considered one of the masterpieces of the Islamic art of carpentry, which was made in Cordoba and transferred to Marrakesh



The Koutoubia Mosque opens at the five prayer times of each day. It is not permissible for non-Muslims to enter it, but they can visit its outer space, which is characterized by its gardens and historical monuments, in addition to its proximity to the Jamaâ El Fna Square.

El Koutoubia Mosque


El Koutoubia Mosque is one of the most attractive places In Marrakech, there only

  from El Koutoubia Mosque   to   Distance 
    Jamae El Fna Square  300m
   El Badi Palace 965m
   Dar Si Said  880m

Wherever you are and anywhere in the world, use the Marrakesh city guide application, where you will find the Koutoubia Mosque page.
Click on the interactive map button at the bottom of the phone, which will guide you directly to the location by using the air navigation technology of Google Maps GPS.

El Koutoubia Mosque

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Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter, but it is possible to wander in the gardens next to the mosque



   Adress:Koutoubia Mosque avenue mohamed V Marrakech

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