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Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)

Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #11 of 31 Attractions in Fes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.
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Type: Religious Sites, Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Non-Muslims are not allowed inside. You can see it through the gates only. My Muslim friends took my camera inside and snapped photos for me, so I have a glimpse of the beautiful decor, mosaics and arches, colorful roof dome.

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Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

It is a pity that non-muslims can't enter the building. From the doors you really can't see much, but in exchange for a little tip the muslim guardians can take your camera or cellphone and walk inside the mosque taking random photos, which can give you a feeling of what you're missing. The fact that you're standing in front of... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

In the middle of the old medina. Be prepared for a long walk, but it's definitely worth it. Very well maintained

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Perth, Australia
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91 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Enjoy the beautiful mosaic tile work, the decorated cedar woodwork and the design of the mosque. Established in 859 it is one of the oldest mosques in the western world. The first university was established here, amazingly be a woman!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We found the university with a little help from local people, it was very beautiful to look at however because it is a mosque we were not able to enter. Apparently the oldest university in the world we were informed by a man who owned a restaurant within the media. We later found out that if you walk around the... More 

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Hermanus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

You can have a look at the entrance of the Mosque which is in the maze of alleys. It looks beautiful but one cannot see too much through a large doorway and of course you cannot enter if not Muslim. Amazing that such a huge Mosque is situated here.

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Hamburg, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Our guide book explained that this was the world's oldest university. It looked beautiful inside, but unfortunately as we were not muslims we were not allowed to enter. You can walk all around it and see if more than 1 door is open so as you can get different views from the outside.

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Sadly it can only be visited from the outside if you are not a muslim. Nonetheless it has very nice gates, it's minaret looks nice and it has also an astronomy tower nearby. You will walk along it anyway when you are in Fès, so take some time to appreciate the gates and if you can manage to go there... More 

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Novi Pazar, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Would like to recomend to whoever go to Fes to see it. They have been renewing it past year. Dont alow entring for non muslims inside

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Marrakech, Morocco
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This coranic school was a university on the 9th century, founded by Fatima a women who loved science.

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