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“A peek into the past” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)

Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)
Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #10 of 31 Attractions in Fes
Type: Religious Sites, Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.
Banff
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“A peek into the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We visited the Kairaouine only briefly. It is beautiful. Be sure to note the craftsmanship displayed in the mosaics and carved boarders.

Visited November 2012
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“Got a little peek inside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We weren't allowed to go inside, of course. But we were able to see inside the courtyard where men were washing their feet. We walked all around the old walls and looked at the doors.

Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful from the outside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

Couldnt go inside but was pretty incredible to see from the outside - a must see whilst in fez.

Having a guide was useful as he explained when it was built etc Although there is an information plaque on the main entrance.

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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

As a non-Muslim, we could not enter the Mosque, however gentlemen inside offered to take pictures of the courtyard for me. Unbelievably beautiful! The Mosaics are stunning.

Visited October 2012
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San Diego, California
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“lovely to peer into”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is a very important historical site, but there is not much you will get to experience here as it is also a functioning religious site, so non-Muslims are prohibited entry. That said, you can still peek inside to see the vast interiors and watch regular people of Fez go in and out as they go about their day. Something magical about seeing normal people interacting with an ancient site that 's been used for centuries.

Visited September 2012
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