Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque

From any approach, the first sight of Marrakech is of the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, which dominates the skyline and is a handy reference point for lost travellers. Marrakech’s tallest building dates from the 12th century and is the prototype for Moroccan design, with each facade and archway on the square minaret carved with a different architectural flourish. Originally, it was covered in plaster with each tier decoratively painted, but a 1990s restoration opted to leave the stonework exposed. The architecture can be admired at close quarters from the recently renovated gardens, where you can glimpse the foundations of an 11th-century Almoravid mosque demolished because it was not correctly aligned with Mecca.

Opening Times: Mosque and minaret closed to non-Muslims; gardens open sunrise-sunset.
Admission Fees: No (for gardens).
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Avenue Mohammed V , Marrakech, Morocco