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Great Mosque of Kairouan

Rue De La Kasbah, Kairouan 3100, Tunisia
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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Mar 11, 2017
“As grand as the name suggests”
Mar 2, 2017
“Gorgeous old city and mosque”
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Rue De La Kasbah, Kairouan 3100, Tunisia

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Reviewed March 11, 2017

Many interesting (and very old) details and photo opportunities. Avoid the guides - they only want your money and know less than your guidebook!

Thank beppi0
Reviewed March 2, 2017

This old city is the first "Islamic" city built in North Africa. Its Grand mosque underwent many renovations and expansions, keeping the original building surviving in the front. The huge surface area either indoors or the outdoors are breath taking. The old city inside the...More

Thank AhmedTaher
Reviewed February 24, 2017

We were told this was one of the most important religious centres in Tunisia. Having taken a bus trip to see this ‘unforgiving gem’ we couldn’t actually find the entrance to gain access, as all the doors were locked. Having walked the perimeter we eventually...More

Thank Raymond S
Reviewed January 30, 2017 via mobile

This mosque was built over 1400 years ago by a great man , Ogbaa Bn Nafea . It can be visited by all and Muslims can pray inside this great mosque. U can see the way they used to collect the water into tanks and...More

Thank M O
Reviewed January 24, 2017

The Great Mosque's brilliant architecture and innovative design offer a significant tribute to early Arabian genius. Its four water reservoirs are an engineering feat. The mammoth prayer room, fabulous rugs and massive columns accommodate more than 3K people inside. The majestic courtyard fits 10K -...More

1  Thank Case_USA
Reviewed January 7, 2017

Breathtaking atmosphere in this 'fourth religious city' where everything feels just out of time, from its beautiful Casbah, Bir Barrouta (Camel's well attraction), magroud (traditional sweet) shops and above all the Great Mosque!

1  Thank Toufik-22
Reviewed December 27, 2016

Visiting Kairouan was one of our first destinations in Tunisia. For me- Kairouan is historically connected with early days of spreading Islam in this remote area. Even after 14 centuries it looks like a mystery. Never the less traveling from Sousse to Kairouan was easy...More

Thank Bashar K
Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

It was a very good experience for my family to visit the first mosquee in north africa. A lot of history and best arabic great architecture. It is simply amazing.

Thank Ameur E
Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

As a monument been build in 670, it is a masterpiece of architecture. Don't miss to visit Grande Mosqué whenever you travel to souse, since it is so close to Souse.

Thank shahramRE
Reviewed December 6, 2016

I was trying to get in here in the afternoon on a day in November. I was not allowed to enter because it was after a certain time and I was not a muslim. Besides this issue, the mosque is great and have an amazing...More

Thank Eivind S
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Is there any public transportation (Bus or Train) between the City of Tunis and Kairouan city? and how much does it cost?
February 8, 2017|
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Response from DukeTroy | Reviewed this property |
There is no direct public transportation. You would have to take a Louage (shared minivan from Tunis to Sousse, and then from there, another on to Kairouan. My expectation is that each Louage would cost less than ~$8/9 USD.
Hi please can some one tell me How do I get there using public transportation? Is there any grave for the sahabas here?
July 16, 2015|
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Response from Richard B | Reviewed this property |
I travelled there from Sousse by a form of public transport called Louage. Cheap, cheerful, reliable and safe. Takes about 45 mins to an hour. It resembles a big taxi, about 8-10 seater. Great day out. You could get out at... More