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Address: Medina, Kairouan, Tunisia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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The great mosquee of Kairouan is so peaceful, beautiful and so well-preserved. It's the oldest mosquee in the Maghreb. We were only few people inside so that was perfect. Bear... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The great mosque of Kairouan is the oldest mosque in Maghreb. It has an overwhelmingly spiritual and pure air about it, it feels like a real privilege to be there, particularly as its still used as a spiritual site. Remember to cover your hair, chest, shoulders and knees as a mark of respect.

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Pozarevac
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Great Mosque in Keruan or Ukbetova mosque is one of the largest and oldest mosques in Tunisia. The mosque was built Ukbe ibn Nafija 670 years, the establishment and construction of the city Keruan. It occupies an area of 9,700 kilometers square kilometers and is considered a model for all other mosques in the Maghreb in the western Islamic world.... More 

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Munchendorf, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The Great Mosque of Kairouan, the oldest mosque in North Africa, is not only full of history, it is also a gorgeous tunisian monument. It is so interesting to discover such a beautiful architecture.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

We made it to the qairawan mosque, also called uqba bin nafei mosque around noon time. The main court yard was open for tourists and so was the mosque. The pillars supporting the mosque arches were all made of solid hard granite and marble. There is an amazing sun watch in the court yard which tells prayer times throughout the... More 

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Tunis, Tunisia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Its very similar to the grand mosque of Sousse. A small city, and 1 hour drive from Sousse, I would say only serious religious people would go. But cant miss the old charm and architectural interiors. Avoid fridays. Avoid Eid Vacations to go- you might find it littered.

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

This place was seriously one of the most amazing places I have ever seen. Peaceful, welcoming, friendly. The architecture and décor is just beautiful. It's amazing. We were lucky enough to be there when it was raining,the water flowed down the hole in the central courtyard like a giant bath plug. Beautiful and mesmerising to watch.

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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

the fourth holiest city i Islam- a most imprfessive mosque which was also a fortress in early medieval times. Beautiful courtyard/ cloisters with a cistern underneath.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

The great mosquee of Kairouan is so peaceful, beautiful and so well-preserved. It's the oldest mosquee in the Maghreb. We were only few people inside so that was perfect. Bear in mind that you must have your hair, chest, shoulders and knees covered. If you don't have anything they will lend you a scarf for your head, and a djellabah.

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Thank Steyfani
Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

A very beautiful and spiritual place to visit. The Great Mosque is one of the most Holy sites in the Islamic religion. While we were not allowed to enter into the actual prayer rooms as visitors, you can look in and take pictures. It is breathtaking! Be sure to pay special attention to the architecture---you will see how they used... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The great mosque is the oldest mosque in Africa and located the UNESCO world heritage town of kairouan in Tunisia. There are amazing architecture outside and inside of the mosblo and the most ancient sculpted of Muslim art.The wells inside of the mosque in open air area, are still using by the prayers. You can see the surface of the... More 

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