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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
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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Architectual Delight !

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

ماشاءالله Very historical university Masjid it's located in heart of Fes it's the oldest university in the world

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

If you're not muslim (and even if you are - if you can not proove it) you can not enter there. Yes, you can look at roofs of the university buildings from one of private "viewpoints", but all you see are just roofing tiles.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

One may wonder again and again why there is a factual problem with Islam there isn't with other religions... Well in Morocco like in almost any muslim country but Turkey (due to its Attatürk secular tradition), you can't visit any mosque....Any Muslim might enter Notre Dame in Paris, Saint Peter in Rome, the Holy Sepulcre in Jerusalem, Saint Paul in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The oldest university in the world is situated here (right in the middle of the mosque). It is absolutely stunning and even if you can't get in (if you aren't Muslim), it is worth it to see it at the doors from afar.

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Address: Address: Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes, Morocco
Phone Number: 00212601585030
Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Fes-Boulemane Region  >  Fes

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