Is it possible to visit a Mosque in Marrakech?
The largest Mosque in Marrakech is the Koutoubia Mosque. Located in the middle of the Medina, the Mosque is opposite Jemaa el fna. The Koutoubia Mosque is the tallest building in Marrakech.
There are also hundreds of small Mosques throughout the city.
So, you may be wanting to visit a Mosque in Marrakech.
It is possible to visit the outside of all Mosques in Marrakech.
However, unfortunately, it is not possible for a non Muslim to visit the inside of a Mosque.
Additionally, the caretaker staff of Mosques, are usually very strict about who actually gets inside the Mosque. This is especially if you do not look, dress and act like a local. Yes, the key expression here is look. Most people would ask how it is possible to “look like a Muslim?” because people from all religions come in different shapes, sizes and skin colours. This is true, and due to the duty to protect the Mosques, the caretaker staff usually operate these very strict rules. They make the decisions based upon their instincts and impressions of each person.
Visitors to Marrakech should remember that a Mosque is a place of worship, not a tourist attraction. You should not attempt to enter a Mosque under false pretences.
Visitors that do try to gain entry to a Mosque, and succeed, should be prepared to be caught out and embarrassed in the process. Once a person enters a Mosque, there are certain rituals and behaviours that are traditionally carried out. If you are not well practiced at these, then you will, surely (and rightly) be detected and totally embarrassed. So, the best advice is to not try to place yourself, and others, in this embarrassing situation. Instead, decide to leave the people inside at peace with their prayer and contemplation.
The Koutoubia Mosque is the most famous, and the tallest Mosque in Marrakech. It is also the best Mosque to visit to enjoy the outside surroundings of the structure.
Being the tallest structure in Marrakech, the Koutoubia Mosque is the best landmark to use as a guide to where you are in Marrakech. This is particularly helpful if you think that you are lost. Look up to the sky or the buildings in the distance. If you see the Koutoubia Mosque, walking towards it will always take you back towards the the Jemaa el fna.
Most likely, this will be somewhere that you can get your bearings and find your way to where-ever you need to be.
Take a seat on the terrace of one of the local Café’s of the Jemaa el fna. Arrive about 1 hour before sunset. You can then watch the amazing atmospheric light-show around you. The Koutoubia Mosque and the surrounding Medina eases itself through the transition of daytime, turning into dusk.
So, i hope that answers your question about a visit to a Mosque in Marrakech.