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Mosque Sidi Sahbi (Mosque of the Barber)

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Address: Kairouan, Tunisia
Description: Ages ago the local barber performed ritual circumcisions, hence the name...
Ages ago the local barber performed ritual circumcisions, hence the name of this ornate cathedral.
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spoilt by the hawkers INSIDE the mosque

We visited as part of a coach tour. An interesting place but the visit was spoilt by one particular hawker who wouldn't leave our group alone and pestered us inside the site from... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Swindon, Wiltshire
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Swindon, Wiltshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We visited as part of a coach tour. An interesting place but the visit was spoilt by one particular hawker who wouldn't leave our group alone and pestered us inside the site from beginning to end. In the Grand Mosque hawkers were kept outside which was much more sensible.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This place is smaller then the big mosque not to far from here but is still nice to visit. Plus was part of tour a little stop off.

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Highlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Although much smaller it has just as much history than the Grand Mosque again out on a organised day trip it has some very beautifully viewed ceramic tiles and carved plaster features a good guide is essential to pass on the story and history Oh and dont be put off with the sellers who will try everything to get a... More 

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Ezzahra, Tunisia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

It's a good place to learn about Tunisian sufi rituals and pray hoping that the good spirits of the place will help you achieve.

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Leicester UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Awe inspiring mosque of massive importance to the Muslims of Africa and elsewhere. Well worth a visit - best with a guide to explain everything.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

very interesting and very beautiful. Well worth a visit. Beautiful mosaics. Lots of color and local color.

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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This mosque is considerably smaller than the grand Mosque but is decorated with thousands of beautifully illustrated tiles and plaster frescoes. The mausoleum itself is in the far corner of the courtyard and is well worth a nosey, the guardian will bless you with orange water for a tiny donation. Whilst we were there a family had just completed the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was yet another attraction visted in Kairouan as part of the 3 Cities tour, El Jem, Monastir and Kairouan, booked through Thomson Holidays in our resort of El Kantaoui. The Mausoleum was not as vast or did not have the initial wow factor that the Grand Mosque had, which we had just visited and reviewed separately. However, it had... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The place is so beautiful you should make time to go there, and we were able to look into the prayer hall too. Ladies, remember to have a headscarf although there were people not covered the day we went. Outside, enjoy the traders- it was fun and easier negotiating than in a busy souk.

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Somerset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This small mosque has the most beautiful tilework adorning the walls. It is also a madrasa (zaouia in Maghrebi) and our visit was cut short by prayer times for the students. I do agree with the reviewer that it is inappropriate for people to complain about having to cover up to visit a mosque. If we visit another culture we... More 

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