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Koutoubia Mosque Legend

Marrakech offers a great number of fascinating monuments and places to visit but some of them have an bigger important significance to its people and city ancient rich history. The Legend of the Koutoubia Mosque dates back to the 12th century when Marrakech was ruled by Moulay Yacoub Amir.

Apart from the Koutoubia mosque, Moulay Yacoub also ordered the El Mansouria mosque near Bab Agnaou and Bab Ksiba in the south districts of Marrakech old medina. According to this specific legend, the story of the Koutoubia Mosque tells that the upper globes on top of the mosque were originally made of pure gold, and that there were supposed to have been only three globes instead of four.

The fourth globe was donated by the wife of Moulay Yacoub as compensation for her one day failure to keep the fast during the month of Ramadan. All her golden jewelry was melted down to flab the globe that became the nowadays forth upper globe of the Koutoubia Mosque of Marrakech.

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Facts about the Koutoubia Mosque

  • The Koutoubia Mosque was build during 1184 and 1199 – corresponding to the reign of Moulay Yacoub;
  • The Koutoubia Mosque name derivative from the Arabic al-Koutoubiyyin for librarian;
  • The Koutoubia Mosque tower is 69 m (221 ft) in height and has a lateral length of 12.8 m (41 ft);
  • The Koutoubia Mosque served as model for the minaret of the Giralda mosque in Seville – Spain and as model for the Hassan Tower in Rabat – capital city of Morocco;
  • The Koutoubia Mosque was built in a traditional Almohad architecture style;

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