The Muslim West
Mosques: A Place for Prayer
The minaret
The call to prayer is performed by the muezzin from the minaret five times a day. It can be heard throughout the town, pervading it and marking the rhythms of life. The first call is at dawn, with subsequent calls at midday, mid-afternoon, sunset and the first hour of the night. Each call includes praises to God and Muhammad his prophet, and invites the faithful to prayers.
Kutubiya Mosque

Hegira 6th century / AD 12th century
Marrakesh, Morocco
There are many different types of minaret. In the Muslim West, they are square-plan structures with decorated facades. The interior consists of superposed vaulted rooms and a staircase leading to the top, from where the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer.