The city of Marrakech is one of the first cities founded in Morocco, and has long been assimilated to the country itself. This is the reason for the choice of the leaders to reside mainly in the luxurious palaces of the city. There are buildings with impressive architecture that allow visitors to discover the history of the whole kingdom in one way or another. Among the buildings you can visit while staying in a 5-star hotel in Marrakech, we can mention the famous Koutoubia mosque. This building, which is until nowadays one of the largest mosques in Morocco, has been in existence since the 1100’s. Its construction began in 1120 and was completed in 1196. This allows you to imagine the extent of the works that were carried out to achieve the jewel that this mosque is today.
The style of the mosque is linked to the Almohad dynasty. Also known as the mosque of booksellers, the Koutoubia began work during the reign of the Almoravides dynasty and the building was revisited in 1162 under the reign of Caliph Almohade Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur. The Koutoubia has become one of the most representative buildings of the Almohad style. The mosque name of the booksellers comes from the fact that the mosque was built in the souk dedicated to book sellers. The Koutoubia has a T shape, a tradition inherited from the 9th century following the construction of the Great Mosque of Kairouan. This style is also very characteristic of some Spanish buildings. This T-shaped plan is typically Arabic, and includes a large courtyard protected by a portico, and a prayer room with columns. These buildings are richly decorated like some 5-star hotels in Marrakech.
In this style of building, the naves are perpendicular to the qibla wall, the nave of the center is the largest and the bay which is located along the qibli wall is magnified. The whole forms the letter T, which justifies the name of the plan. The mihrab in this context is considered as a niche of a certain depth while the minaret, which is 69 metres high, has a square shape, in accordance with the tradition of the Muslim West. You will find 5-star hotels in Marrakech that also respect the Muslim tradition. The Koutoubia has a total of 17 naves supported by white pillars and protects large prayer halls measuring 90 m x 60 m. These halls have a capacity of 20,000 faithful. In 1990 the building was renovated in keeping with the original characteristics of the original building.