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A view on Koutoubia mosque in Marrakech. I took this photo at the end of the day in the Lalla Hasna park in the west of the mosque. Koutoubia mosque was built in 12th century by Almohads after they captured the city. It is called Mosque of the Booksellers because a large books market took place around the mosque in 12th century. It is the biggest mosque in Marrakech, its prayer room can host about 20,000 people. The minaret is 77 metres height. It includes a spire and three copper orbs that may symbolyze the three mosques of Islam : Kaaba (Mecca), Medina and Al Qods. The mosque is beautiful because of its simplicty and its well balanced dimensions. It was restored in 1990. You can't visit the mosque (this is for almost every mosque in Morocco) but you can walk in the gardens of the mosque and enjoy nice points of view.

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