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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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Hermanus
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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
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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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41 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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New Jersey
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58 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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