The Kutubiya Mosque in Marrakech
The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech, Morocco and is named after the souk el koutoubiyyin, the book traders market which originated in the 12th century nearby. Situated near the Djemaa el Fna, the mosque is known especially for its magnificent minaret, which is the oldest of the three great Almohad minarets, remaining in the world..
The historic building was at first built in 1147, but unfortunately got demolished and re built soon after as it was not correctly aligned with Mecca. One can get to see some of the remains of the original mosque in the nearby Koutoubia Gardens. Non Muslims cannot visit the historic building interior, so the closest that one can get is to visit the gardens. However, one can get to see the minaret from all over the city, so a close view visit is not mandatory. In a day, five times prayer or ‘call to prayer’ rings out across the city from the top of this historic building, with speakers facing in every direction.