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Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech, Morocco

The Koutoubia Mosque, situated near the Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh, is a landmark and the largest mosque in Marrakech. Built in the Hispano-Moresque period, the Koutoubia Mosque is claimed to be the beautiful and proportioned mosque on the planet. The Koutoubia Mosque was performed under the reign of the Almohad dynasty Khalifa Yaqub al-Mansur (1184-1199) and has been utilized as a model to the Giralda of Seville afterward for the Hassan Tower in Rabat.

The ideal time to visit Jemaa el Fna square and the Koutoubia Mosque is around 3 o’clock when important activities begin, here you walk across the narrow roads with colorful souvenir shops.

There’s an additional gorgeous mosque in the center of old medina named Ben Youssef Mosque. A lot of individuals often inquire if a day will be sufficient to discover everything this town has to offer. The answer is really depending on what interests you because there are a whole lot of amazing things that you can do in this town, like taking a day excursion to the Valley Ourika at the High Atlas, so a day or two may not be sufficient to explore all the famous areas, in any case when you have just one day to spend, it’s wise that you select all of the nearer appeals from the Medina such as the Museum of Marrakech, Djemaa el Fna, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, Majorelle Garden, Saadian tombs, Menara gardens etc..

Majorelle Garden Marrakech

Majorelle Gardens Marrakech Morocco

It’s among the most beautiful and magnificent spots in this red city. To get to this meticulously constructed botanical garden you have to pass Marrakesh’s medina full of acres of olive groves and palms. The Majorelle Garden was created by the French artist Jacques Majorelle in 1924. He studied in the École des Beaux-Arts in Nancy in 1901 and later in 1919 he moved to Marrakesh, Morocco to recuperate from heart issues. He built the garden in those years with a striking color of blue that he often used which now bears his name; Majorelle Blue. Jacques Majorelle returned back to France in 1962 and died in a car accident later that year. Despite the fact that Morocco is no more under the French protectorate, this initially French creation is among the most treasured places in Morocco. Although the Majorelle Garden has been known in Morocco for years, it became famous abroad when the owner of the former Majorelle Garden, fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, exhibited it at the Chelsea Flower Show in London in 1997.  As this time, several have journeyed to Morocco just to observe that the Majorelle Garden.

The garden was open to the public since 1947. Since 1980 the garden was in the hands of Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. After the death of Yves Saint Laurent in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle garden.