THE KUTUBIYYA MOSQUE, WHICH IS A MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE WITH ITS ENTRANCE THAT HAS A STONE ARCH, BECOMES PROMINENT WITH ITS HANDCRAFTED ENGRAVINGS AND ARCHITECTURE.
The historical Kutubiyya Mosque, which is located in Marrakech, Morocco, is among the significant symbols of the city and the country by means of its 70-meter tall minaret, historical and architectural structure.
Each face of the minaret of the mosque presents a different design and the architectural beauty of the structure has been remained since the 12th century. The most interesting fact about the Kutubiyya Mosque is its 70-meter tall minaret. It is not shaped as a cylinder, but as a rectangular tower, which is not an ordinary thing for a mosque. The spire is not a crescent moon, but an orb.
You can enter the mosque that was built by the order of Berber King Yaqub Al-Mansur in the 13th century by walking through the orange and cypress trees, which surround the structure. The mosque, which is a magnificent structure with its main entrance that has a stone arch, becomes prominent with its handcrafted engravings and architecture. Right next to the mosque that has been serving to worshipping Muslims for centuries, it is possible to see the ruins of an old mosque. According to rumors, this one was the original; however, it was pulled down after realizing that the direction of the kiblah was calculated wrong. The existing Kutubiyya Mosque was built after that one was brought down into ruins.
Its twin is in Spain
Almohades who were impressed by the beauty of this mosque, which is located in parallel with Jamaa el Fna square, had built its twin, inspired by this mosque, in Seville, Spain and named it La Girilda,
After visiting the Kutubiyya Mosque in Marrakech, you can visit the Jamaa el Fna Square, which is a market place that is quiet during daytime. Thousands of street vendors, fortunetellers, snake charmers, singers, and story tellers that come out at night in the square might make you feel as you are in a dreamland.