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Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)

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Address: Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes, Morocco
Phone Number: 00212601585030
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Description: Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s...
Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.
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A beautiful and gorgeous building

A gorgeous building housing the worlds old university. Beautiful craftsmanship, exquisite designs and colors. Wonderfully preserved, and still in use as a place of worship and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

It is a real shame that such a beautiful historical and architectural site doesn't welcome everyone to visit, despite their faith. From what I could see through the door and from others' photos, the place is indeed stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

A gorgeous building housing the worlds old university. Beautiful craftsmanship, exquisite designs and colors. Wonderfully preserved, and still in use as a place of worship and rest. The architecture is fantastic. Simply gorgeous and awe inspiring. I wonder if any of our current buildings still stand the test of time like this one.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Very unique. You can see people wash themselves using the fountain in the middle which brings us back in history to the old days of muslims. The mosque is pretty big. You can see lots of people lying around and resting during non-praying times. Must-visit if you're in Fes Al Bali.

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Fes, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It is the oldest university in the world and a place which is charged of History. The architecture is amazing and it felt like a fantastic experience to feel the spirituality of this place which has been here since centuries.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Beautiful ! Founded in 859, the Mosque and University is (maintained) to be the oldest in the world. It's rather awe inspiring and humbling to stand in place with such history. The tiles, the architecture is breathtaking. Another must see in Fes. For a few coins, you can go into a court yard complete with fountain! And if you've been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Beautiful ancient and nostalgic mosque. We took our four month old baby in and two other young children, which is a no-no in some mosques. It's a shame that they don't allow non-Muslims in the mosque. This is in accordance with the Maliki School of Law which has been applied for centuries throughout West and North Africa. I suppose somebody... More 

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Mumbai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Close to the mosque is an antique dealer (who keeps even Jewish antiques). He told us "go with this man, you can trust him" when he saw us peeking around the mosque walls and entrance. The guy led us through a carpet store, up a series of narrow staircases to the rooftop from where we could photograph the mosque (only... More 

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Montaren et St Mediers
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Being non Muslim we a were only permitted, like all others, to view from the doorway, even then there were worshipers who were reluctant to be included in the photographs. The architecture and tile designs that could be seen were superb. It is such a shame that this mosque and the University are "out of bounds" as are many others... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

If this were the only historic building in Fes, I might have tried to get a better look through the door. It is not, and I don't enjoy peaking into a building where I am not welcome. The fault may be mine but I did not find it appealing.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

It is nice to see it from the outside but like posted here by others you can not enter unless you are of Muslim faith. So a peak is all you get as you wander by. Stopping to photograph seems rude so let be and just take a peak as you wander by. As for an "attraction" I would list... More 

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