Photo post: a 77 meter reason to visit Marrakech

Yes we are talking about the

The Minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Morocco a.k.a. Mosque of the Booksellers

In short, a few facts about this mosque

  • The minaret is 77 metres (253 ft) in height and is the landmark structure of Marrakech
  • it was completed in 12th century
  • the mosque is made of red stone and designed in a traditional Almohad style. The minaret, however, is designed in the Umayyad style and was constructed of sandstone. It is adorned with copper globes.
  • has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat
  • It is part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Medina of Marrakech
Minaret of the Kutubiya Mosque, Marrakech

Minaret of the Kutubiya Mosque, Marrakech

I joined the very intriguing photography course “Art of seeing” with Peter Sanders in Morocco for 4 days in the beginning of May 2013 (will share experience and pictures later on). After a morning introductory master class, the first “hand on” venue was this Mosque.

The minaret is the most interesting feature of the mosque and readily visible from everywhere in the city – they say. We second this from first hand experience of walking around the narrow streets, nooks and corners of the old souks in the Medina of  Marrakech later in the day and again at night, when the beautifully flood-lighted  minaret helped us to find our way back through the lively streets if Marrakech.

The interior of the mosque is kept simple with the white of the walls contrasted by the red of the praying carpets and the traditional (copper, I think) lamps. The courtyard has rows of citrus fruit trees as shown in the picture. An old well is being restorated in the centre of the courtyard. The two ladies walking away were two lovely young locals, who had asked me to take a picture of them earlier. Their vivid and lively attitude was refreshing.

To be there and feel the vibes and spirit of history, is too impressive to put in words. Go, see and experience!

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2 responses to “Photo post: a 77 meter reason to visit Marrakech

    • Hard choice and lots of photo editing to do! Yes, in Andalusia they had these citrus trees not only in the mosque courtyards, but along the foothpaths, in the parks etc.

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