Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh
Mosques and medersas of Marrakesh
The beautiful 12th century minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque is Marrakesh’s iconic landmark – and is visible for miles around. But the call to prayer rings out from a hundred other minarets across the city – watch out for storks’ nest adorning many of them. While non-Muslims are forbidden from entering Moroccan mosques, you can get a taste of their interior splendor by visiting one of the historic medersas (theological colleges). Most famous of all is the Ben Youssef medersa, a masterpiece confection of Moroccan architecture, with barely a square inch left undecorated.
By Paul Clammer
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