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The Great Mosque

Medina, Kairouan, Tunisia
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Kairouan
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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Barcelona
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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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Mataro, Spain
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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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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

we visited the great mosque as part of the 3 cities tour booked with thomson holidays our tour guide was very good and we learnt about the history of the Mosque. You don't need long to visit, an hour is enough, as mentioned you cant enter the mosque but can take photos and is definitely worth a visit.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

What impresses you most here is the size of everything - and its age. Let the locals tell you about its use; they have great information.

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Went to find staff on strike, tried again on a different day & all was ok. Some great pictures & culture to absorb however has been slightly spoilt by modern day twists such as speakers for the call to prayer. Ladies need to cover their hair so take a scarf or shawl

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