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Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)

Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #11 of 32 attractions in Fes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Educational Sites
Description: Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.
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New Jersey
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107 reviews 107 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

During our walk through the Fes Medina, we stopped at the Kairaouine Mosque and University. We were fortunate to be able to enter the courtyard and see the prayer room which are well maintained. This is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world; it was founded in the year 859 A.D. The courtyard is gorgeous and the upper levels... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

A great architecture construction typical of the Arabian era. The most serves as a good landmark to know your position in the square! If you take a photo of a water carrier or any other public person you MUST PAY 1 derham. That said never take a photo of police or army personnel if caught you will have some explaining... More

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

What is so sad is that non-Muslim visitors cannot enter, unlike other mosques in the Maghreb. I only got a peek through the entrance door. I would have liked to truly experience its grandeur.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is still a functioning Mosque. It has been sitting here for around 1200 years, and it still makes you feel humble, awed and close to God. You ca litterally feel the spirit of all those devoted men and women, who have prayed, studied and lived here.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

While i could only take a look at it from the entrance and admire the decor and architecture, it's still very interesting to see it. Though i would not go out of my way for this attraction of sorts due to its restrictions (which is fair in a way). Fortunately our guide could explain to use the importance and relevance... More

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TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Non-Muslims are not allowed inside, so we had to content ourselves with whatever could be seen from the entrance.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I'm not muslim, so was not permitted over the threshold, however, just a quick glimpse is amazing. The architecture is stunning, the mosaics are bright and beautiful and the sun gleams on everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Exquisite - not to be missed. It's essential (and really worth it!) to hire a guide for a day or half day to take you to all the sights within the medina.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

One of the best attractions in Fes. The buildings are really well hand crafted and preserved. The only draw back is that non muslims are not allowed to enter this beatiful mosque.

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uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Its the arches of this mosque which are so incredible and made with excellent geometrical precision.ablution fountain,courtyard is just gorgeous.

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