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About Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque is one of Marrakech’s’ most iconic landmarks. Located close to the main market square of Jemaa el-Fna in the south-west medina quarter, it is the largest mosque in the city. With breathtaking architecture, beautiful landscaped gardens and a rich history, Koutoubia Mosque is a must-see attraction of Morocco.

Koutoubia Mosque is defined by its magnificent minaret which, with its spire stands at 77 metres tall. It is so prominent that it is visible from over 20 kilometres outside the city. It is the oldest of the world’s three remaining Almohad minarets. The tower is finished in red brick and sandstone with decorative ceramic tiling and adorned with glistening copper globes. Visitors browsing the souks of the medina and Jemaa el-Fna will hear the call to prayer given from the four cardinal directions at the top of the tower. The mosque interior consists of prayer halls, wide central naves and courtyards. A highlight is a minbar, carved in sandalwood with ebony, ivory and silver inlaid craftsmanship. The grounds are just as impressive to view. The courtyard has a central fountain, and the exterior gardens offer a verdant backdrop to the red sandstone structure. Sit among the greenery admiring the tower and listen to the call to prayer, its defining lilt echoing throughout the city.

Walking to Koutoubia Mosque from Jemaa el-Fna square is easy. A leisurely stroll takes approximately 10 minutes. Local buses terminate nearby at either Terminus Arset El Bilk bus station or Sidi Mimoun Terminus 2, depending on the direction of travel. Horse and carriage rides operate from the small park outside the main square. Uber services are also available in Marrakech.

Koutoubia Mosque construction began around 1150, following the Almohad conquest of Marrakech. The name “Koutoubia” is said to derive from the Arabic word for “book” which is “koutoub”, as a book market once stood nearby. The mosque is one of Morocco’s most featured landmarks alongside neighbouring Jemaa el-Fna square. Visitors arrive from far and wide to view the gorgeous architecture, the famous towering minaret and discover the hidden oasis of the peaceful gardens.

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Es Saadi Gardens & Resort - Hotel

Es Saadi Gardens & Resort - Hotel
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Hivernage, Marrakech
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Very Good, 8.5
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With its very own casino, The TheatrO and a luxury spa, this Marrakech hotel offers a host of entertainment options. It also features an outdoor pool, a mineral bath and outdoor tennis courts.

Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa

Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa
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Hivernage, Marrakech
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Fabulous, 8.7
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Featuring an in-house night club and a beauty salon, Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa is situated in Marrakech and boasts 5-star accommodation. Offering free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and an outdoor pool, the hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Le Grand Casino de la Mamounia.

Chems Hotel

Chems Hotel
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Medina, Marrakech
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6.8
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Conveniently positioned, Chems Hotel offers easy access to Marrakech's best hot spots. It has a fitness centre, as well as outdoor tennis courts, a sun deck and an outdoor pool.

Les Jardins De La Koutoubia

Les Jardins De La Koutoubia
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Medina, Marrakech
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Superb, 9.0
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Conveniently located, Les Jardins De La Koutoubia allows for easy access to Marrakech's best sightseeing areas. Some of the facilities on offer at this luxury 5-star hotel include an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi and a Turkish steam bath.

Novotel Marrakech Hivernage

Novotel Marrakech Hivernage
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Hivernage, Marrakech
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Good, 7.1
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Novotel Marrakech Hivernage offers 4-star accommodation in Marrakech. It also features an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.

Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial

Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial
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Hivernage, Marrakech
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Very Good, 8.1
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Providing an in-house night club and a beauty centre, Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial is situated in Marrakech and offers 5-star accommodation. It has a spa, as well as a Jacuzzi, a heated pool and a sauna.

La Maison Arabe Hotel Spa & Cooking Workshops

La Maison Arabe Hotel Spa & Cooking Workshops
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Medina, Marrakech
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Exceptional, 9.9
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Strategically located in the heart of the city, this 5-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Marrakech. It also offers 24-hour room service, an outdoor pool and a Turkish steam bath.

Riad Andalla

Riad Andalla
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Medina, Marrakech
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Exceptional, 9.7
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Strategically located in the middle of the city, this 3-star riad makes for an excellent base in Marrakech. It also offers free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a 24-hour reception.

La Mamounia

La Mamounia
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Medina, Marrakech
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Superb, 9.0
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Strategically located in the centre of the city, this 5-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Marrakech. It also features a Turkish steam bath, an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace.

Dellarosa Boutique Hotel

Dellarosa Boutique Hotel
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Hivernage, Marrakech
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Good, 7.2
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Contemporary in its design, Dellarosa Boutique Hotel is located in a popular area of Marrakech. It has a spa, as well as a Jacuzzi, a Turkish steam bath and a sauna.

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