Since we love the brevity and pop of Instagram, we’ve decided to share — in short bursts of photography — a few images that have stayed with us after a visit to the colorful, exotic city of Marrakech in a series titled Memories of Marrakech. Here’s the first one: The Mats at Koutoubia Mosque.
Koutoubia Mosque is a central landmark of Marrakech, a place where tour guides begin an explanation of the city and its people. We marveled at the sandstone and brick architecture, the horseshoe windows, and multifoil arches. And we were fascinated by the fact that the first mosque built on the site had an error in orientation — those who prayed on the plaza surrounding Koutoubia really weren’t facing Mecca as they should be doing. A new mosque soon took the place of the first “disoriented” one.
But what we found most fascinating during Ramadan (when we visited) were the dozens and dozens of mats all lined up ready for Call to Prayer. It’s an image that has stuck with us ever since. Although we never witnessed people praying, we could imagine how the plaza might look with so many devout worshipers in one place. Definitely a focal point for Marrakech and this cultural, religious center of town.
We hope you’ll check out our whole series: Marvelous Morocco!
— Rusha and Bert Sams