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The Great Mosque

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Address: Medina, Kairouan, Tunisia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Though non-Muslims cannot enter this mosque, a look inside the doorway...
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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Lovely spacious courtyard, with many different columns. Attractive interiors too. Pity one cannot climb to the top of the minaret.......

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Lovely spacious courtyard, with many different columns. Attractive interiors too. Pity one cannot climb to the top of the minaret.......

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

A lesson in materials, structures, scale and proportions, column work, relief patterns, serene elevations, rhythm and flow. Located deep 50 km from Sousse in north-eastern Tunisia in the homonymous town. Astonishing number of marble, granite and porphyry columns. It is the mother of islamic religious edifices and to my impression, from the limited views that have exceeds the Uzbekistan later... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I loved visiting this place. It was quiet we were almost the only ones there. Learned a lot about the religion and it was also fun to cover our heads with pashmina's.. The Mosque is big and beautiful. We cannot go inside the actual place where they pray since we are not Muslim, but you can look from the gate.... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

While, indeed, this is probably the best attraction in Kairouan it's nothing special and impressive. It is a very big mosque and the city itself is among the 5 holy Muslim cities but this is everything. It's free of charge, as long as I remember and they give you a scarf to cover yourself (head, shoulders and legs if your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

A huge, very important mosque especially in the whole of Africa. Very well preserved and very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

One of the largest mosques in Tunisia. Nice architectural features and history; they'll let you peak into the main prayer room.

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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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