Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)#5 in Best Things To Do in Marrakech
In the southwest corner of the medina, within walking distance of the bustling Jemaa El Fna, lies Marrakech's most recognizable landmark, Koutoubia Mosque. Featuring intricate tile work, salmon-hued walls, expansive archways and an impressive 253-foot-tall minaret (or tower), this 12th-century Moorish mosque has served as the model for several other notable religious sites, including the Hassan Tower in Rabat, Morocco, and La Giralda in Seville, Spain.
Recent travelers enjoyed visiting Koutoubia Mosque, adding that it's a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Many were also quick to praise the building's beautiful architecture. However, if you're set on seeing the inside of a mosque, consider heading elsewhere, since this one does not permit entry to non-Muslims.
Visitors of all faiths can check out Koutoubia's plaza and gardens for free, while Muslims can also head inside the mosque without paying a fee. The mosque is open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. No additional facilities are available on-site, but you'll find a variety of shops and eateries in the surrounding area. To reach the mosque, plan on walking from nearby attractions or hotels, or take ALSA's History Tour Tourist Bus to the No. 15 stop. You can also get to the sight via ALSA's Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19 and 66 lines. For more information about the property, visit Koutoubia Mosque's website.
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#1 Medina of Marrakesh
The heart of Marrakech lies in its historic city center – a UNESCO World Heritage site. For centuries, the medina acted as a political and economic hub whose influence radiated throughout the Middle East. Royals resided here, international trade took place here and cultures developed here. As you stroll through this 11th-century labyrinth of alleyways, you'll see that Marrakech's history remains intact.
Past visitors said that the medina is a must-see, especially at night. Most of its popular food and merchandise stalls are situated in Jemaa El Fna, but for a less crowded atmosphere, explore the streets outside the medina's main square. It's easy to lose your bearings here, so some former travelers also suggest visiting with a guide. Companies that offer guided walks around the medina include Marrakech Guided Tours and Marrakech Tour Guide – both recommended by recent travelers.
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