An Almohad structure (dating from about 1150 AD) the minaret of the Koutoubia mosque occupies an unique site close to Djemma el Fna. The mosque itself is not open to non-Muslims but the external architecture is pleasing - the 1 to 5, breadth to height ratio conforms with the medina proportions of scale. Situated in a relatively modern plaza of flagstones there are the newly (2000) excavated ruins of the previous mosque there, and in addition a saint's whitewashed tomb (a koubba) of Fatima Zohra borders the plaza too - the adjoining avenue bears her name as well. There are attractive rose gardens with pools and other water features lying just behind the mosque and providing a vantage point for photo opportunities.
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