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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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Really sweet if you get a peek inside

It seems pretty unapproachable, and to be honest I wouldn't have known that it was even there if the doors weren't open when I walked passed it. It's epic if you get to take a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 14, 2015
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

It's a shame that non-muslims are not allowed certain religious buildings in Morocco - I do believe they should be open to all, even if only outside of prayer times! I was allowed in but alas my wife was not! Anyway, it was by far one of the better Mosque's (design and architecture wise) I had been in many years.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It seems pretty unapproachable, and to be honest I wouldn't have known that it was even there if the doors weren't open when I walked passed it. It's epic if you get to take a look inside!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

it was amazing to be outside a place with so much history, but as non Muslims cannot enter there was not much to see. It is near the Tannery, so worth a quick look if you are nearby.

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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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