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The Great Mosque

Medina, Kairouan, Tunisia
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Kairouan
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Though non-Muslims cannot enter this mosque, a look inside the doorway reveals its most noteworthy...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Though non-Muslims cannot enter this mosque, a look inside the doorway reveals its most noteworthy feature—a motley set of columns relocated from numerous other locations.
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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Austere at first sight, majestic in its architecture, the Great Mosque displays an incredible variety of marble columns and ancient capitels in many different styes. Although I am not Muslim I found the interior, wiht its lights, rich colors, beautifully sounding prayers extremely evocative and appealing. Similar in fact to some of our Medieval Cathedrals, same feeling of powerful spirituality.... More 

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Newquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

To actually be allowed to enter such an amazing holy place and look around seems such an honour! We had a good tour guide who described what we could see. Without him we would have missed so much!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Impressive mosque. Never been to other mosque except to this so cant really compare but according to our guide this is the 4th holiest mosque in the whole world the largest one in Africa. It was very quiet when we visited as it was Thursday. I had a dress above my knee so i was given a long muslim dress... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The Great Mosque is a very impressive example of Islamic architecture set in the middle of the old town. The courtyard and muzzein tower are very impressive flanked by pillars which come from ancient Roman and sites and also from Carthage. We were taken around the square and shown the prayer room whilst our guide gave a full account of... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This tour incorporated the mosque. Ladies had to get covered up which is fine apart from one tourist in our group who wouldn't.The man giving out the scarves etc also asked for money. Trinket sellers outside the mosque pestered us to death and even followed us up the road.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We spent over an hour there, even if we were not allowed into the prayer space. The harmony in proportion is great. The recycled roman columns and capitels (as in the older section of the Cordoba mosque) ara a museum themselves. Well worth the visit, limited to mornings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

a lovely mosque with the insights of the muslim life and cultures, how us western people do not always understand the muslim ways and their beliefs

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

To be able to visit the mosque, you have to access during the morning because afternoons are exclusively reserved to pray.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The day we were there they were doing young boys circumcisions ...the boys were dressed very regal and walked in to a parade with music....they allowed us to photo the boys before going in....

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We saw the Mosque from the upper floor of a local shop and I have to say the view was amazing! We did this as part of an excursion so unfortunately couldn't spend much time there but was lovely

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