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Mosque Sidi Sahbi (Mosque of the Barber)

Kairouan, Tunisia
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Ranked #3 of 8 attractions in Kairouan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: Ages ago the local barber performed ritual circumcisions, hence the name of this ornate cathedral.
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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Bristol
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I went with one of the official guides which take you around several of the city's main sights for 20Td, and for me this place was the highlight. (The tour -- I was with a guy named Ahmed -- was worth it.) The detail in the rooms was stunning. The other reviews complaining about non-Muslims not being allowed in parts... More

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Bedfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We took the "Tale of 3 cities" day tour of which the first stop was the holy city of Kairouan, the fourth most important site in Islam and UNESCO World Heritage town. We visited the Grand mosque first (reviewed else where) and then the Sidi Sahbu mausoleum and enjoyed seeing the intricate mosaics. The visit to Kairouan is recommended as... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Visited here on a organised trip and we had a great guide who had to repeat everything in 3 different languages. Some of the tiling and decorations are very beautiful and the short visit was very interesting. The only gripe was the pushy sellers trying to force you to buy items just ignore them and refuse the items as they... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This mosque had many beautiful tiles on the walls and it was a pleasure to see them. You can clearly see that this is were they get their inspiration for many of the carpets. I was not worried that some parts were not open to visitors.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We visited the Mosque and the Musoleum of the "Barber of Mohammet" while in Kairouan. The interior court of the mosque is very nice. The history of this 1,600 years musoleum is very interesting. Unfortunately, "infidel" (non-muslim) cannot visit the interior of the Mosque or the Musoleum to admire all it's splendor, which put some sand on the visit...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is open to the public although if you are unsuitably dressed you will be issued with suitable coverings. It is apparently practically unchanged since the 11th C. Some beautiful stucco and and re-use of Roman remains in the minaret wall.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We visited this on the recommendation of our guide using the global ticket for the Kairouan mosques. It is a mosque and school built as part of the mausoleum of one of the Prophet's companions. The whole complex is very beautiful and atmospheric, and we were able to explore most of it except the mausoleum (where the guard took my... More

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