Koutoubia Mosque Marrakech

Koutoubia Mosque Marrakech

Or Kutubiyya Mosque, might also be listed under other names such as Jami' al-Kutubiyah, Kutubiya Mosque, Kutubiyyin Mosque, and Mosque of the Booksellers. It is the largest mosque in all Marrakech, located near Jemaa el fna square at the heart of the red city Marrakech.
You may watch this quick tour around the Koutoubia mosque in this video below:


The Koutoubia mosque was built in the 12th century, was completed under the reign of Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199) at the time of Almohads. The Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat were both built around the same period of history and they were inspired by the Koutoubia mosque, hence the remarkable resemblance.
The kutubya minaret tower is about 77 metres which is about 253 ft in height. And it is considered as one of the important landmarks of Marrakesh, you may have seen the photo of it in postcards or tourism books.
After the COP22 organized in Marrakech few years back, koutoubia became the first mosque to be powered partially using alternative sources of energy. Thanks for the solar panels on its roof (unfortunately can't be seen from the ground) the mosque is almost self efficient in terms of energy, you could see how much power it generates and how much CO2 it prevents at anytime in the special panel next to its main entrance gate.
The mosque has curved windows, a band of ceramic inlay, pointed merlons, and decorative arches; it has a big kind of plaza next to it with gardens, and is floodlit at night. During Ramadan nights, the are the roads surrounding the koutoubia are blocked because it get way more people than the rest of the year. 

Architecture:
Exterior:
The building, of bricks and sandstone, measures 80 metres (260 ft) in width towards the east and 60 metres (200 ft) to the west. Brick work is found in the columns, arcades, middle of the qibla wall, and niche of the mihrab. Sandstone is used for the external walls built in the southern, eastern and western directions. The stone wall on the northern side of the first mosque abutted the old Almoravid fortress wall (the Ksar el-Hajjar). The surfaces are enlivened by simple designs. All window sections have horseshoe-shaped and multifoil arches, arranged within a rectangle. A diamond shape is formed in the upper part as result of overlapping arches in woven design. Faience strips are provided with bricks in turquoise colour projecting out of the wall, in smaller decorative forms. There are four entrances to the mosque, of which three open directly into the prayer hall while one opens into the courtyard. There is also an additional public entrance to the sahn from the north wall, along the central axis. The front elevation faces the street where book shops were located, hence the name "Booksellers' Mosque".
Interior:
One of the naves in the interior prayer hall of the mosque.
The main prayer hall is a hypostyle hall with more than 100 pillars which support horseshoe-shaped arches along the parallel naves. The hall is large, to the south, and abuts the courtyard at its northern end. It is also a "T"-shape prayer hall, in that the nave along the qibla wall and the perpendicular central nave leading towards the mihrab are wider than other naves. The mihrab niche is on the qibla wall in the prayer hall along the widened central nave, for which entry is from the courtyard. There is a wide transverse nave that is aligned along the qibla wall at the south end of the prayer hall. Three wide central naves are aligned perpendicular to the hall to the north. The central naves are flanked by seven smaller parallel naves. In all, there are seventeen parallel naves. The longitudinal naves, about 36 metres (118 ft) in length, are six times the width of the large transverse nave. The extensions of these naves are from the four outermost naves on either side of the prayer hall annexes and the courtyard.

 
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