Koutoubia Mosque

Posted by: Appart Assounfou
Category: Non classé

The Koutoubia Mosque was built during the 12th century, during the Hispano-Moresque period known for its simple luxury and masterful craftsmanship, by the Almohad dynasty, They started on the building of the Koutoubia in 1150, and it took them 40 years to complete.The name koutoubia originated from the Arabic word for bookseller. The mosque is also known as Jamii ‘al-Kutubiyah, the Kotoubia mosque, the Kutubiya mosque, the Kutubiyyin mosque and the booksellers’ mosque. Back in the day, you were to find over 100 booksellers sell at the entrance of the mosque and the surrounding gardens. Nowadays, you might not find booksellers, but sellers still sell small trinkets, popcorn and nuts at dusk to the locals and visitors. The prayer hall can accommodate 25,000 worshipers, and Muslims have prayed there since 1158. Non-Muslims can enjoy the exterior of the mosque, the pink stone walls with floral motifs, from the rose garden. With its simplicity of design, highly sophisticated decoration and perfectly balanced proportions, it is regarded as one of the Maghreb’s most beautiful monuments. The mosque is decorated with curved windows, a ceramic strip, pointed merlons and decorative arches. In addition, a large square with gardens adds beauty to the mosque. The 773-meter (253-foot) minaret has an arrow and orbs. Koutoubia served as a model for two sister mosques, the Giralda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Thus, the structure is a great example of Moorish architecture reflecting the keystone arches and decorative stonework.

📌Location

300 meters west of Jemaa el-Fna.

🚌Transport

5 minutes walk from Jemaa el-Fna Square.

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