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kutubiyya mosque

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walk from #marrakech’s #medina to the #kutubiyyamosque
the original #kutubiyya #mosque was built in the 1100s by the #muslim #berber #almoravid dynasty, that founded marrakesh itself in 1062
the mosque was destroyed by the #almohads, who reconstructed it later in the 12th century
its #minaret is 70 m or 230 ft high, the #highest structure in marrakech – local law doesn’t allow taller buildings
kutubiyya means #bookseller in arabic – the mosque’s name refers to the 100s of #manuscript and #book sellers who plied their #trade in the area where the mosque was constructed
books were not that commonplace in the christian world until much later
more pictures here.

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