The Great Mosque of Kairouan

The Great Mosque of Kairouan

The Great Mosque of Kairouan
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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.
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  • Aatmah M
    111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Islamic history
    The centre of Islamic history in Africa. Spread of Islam took place from this place. Massive mosque with bricks received from Romans. Witness the star if David and Cross of Christians on the doorway - a sign of respect and belief that early religions were true words of Allah. In the court yard there is a sun dial which is interesting to find times if prayers before the advent of clocks
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • David B
    Bruce, Australia994 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable
    This is an amazing place, dating from about the 7th century CE. It is quite large. There is good interpretive material in French, English and Arabic. Entry to the mosque is only for believers but you can see inside. It is very impressive. The wooden door is a marvel. Modest dress is required. Females must cover their head, shoulders and knees. Males must wear sleeves and pants that go below the knees.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Adam Jones
    Beijing, China190 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Mosque
    Nice mosque in Kairouan. The mosque was built as a fortress as well so the minaret is unique - and the oldest standing minaret. Currently the inside of the mosque is only for prayers, and I was unable to enter. The courtyard is the most interesting part of the Great Mosque in my opinion.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Toru O
    Setagaya, Japan2,900 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The highlight of Kairouan
    Located at the east end of the Kairouan Medina. There are several tourist attractions in the area that you can visit with one ticket that costs 12 TND. The Great Mosque is impressive and definitely worth checking out. The prayer room is off-limits to non-Muslims. It closes at 3PM so I recommend you go there early.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 5, 2024
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia10,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest mosque
    This mosque was very high on my bucket list, being the oldest and largest mosque built in North Africa, a mere 50 years after the death of Mohammed. It set the tone for all future mosques in the Maghreb or Andalusia with its innovative Islamic architecture : the first time they used horseshoe arches, the oldest minaret in the Muslim world. One feature that immediately grabs the attention is the copious use of "re-used" columns in marble, granite of porphyry, topped with Corinthian, Ionic or composite capitals : more than 500 were pilfered from Roman or Byzantine sites like Carthage or Sbeitla to support the arches. Non-Muslims are not allowed in the prayer hall, but you get a good view anyway.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 21, 2024
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,075 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must.
    This was just something else.  I have travelled much of the world, but this took my breath away.  Simple and basic but walking inside you are taken back to another era.  Like stepping back in time.  Peaceful.  The holiest Islamic site in North Africa.  Easy morning half-day trip from Sousse.  Go early as it is cooler.  I am Muslim so didn't have to pay to enter.  The staff will provide you with a robe or throw if you are not appropriately dressed.  Take in the exterior, then walk inside the Great Mosque and stand in the middle of the courtyard to really appreciate this holy Islamic site.  You can have a glimpse inside the prayer hall but you cannot go inside if you are not Muslim.  I had a guide with me which was very helpful.  If you go alone, I believe there is some information if I am not mistaken but very little.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 1, 2024
  • JCZ64
    Silver Spring, Maryland124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical, spiritual place
    Incredible mosque (fourth most sacred site in Islam). Very simple, not flashy. The columns in the courtyard are reused from roman and Carthaginian sites. Praying hall is very simple, but the place has a spiritual vibe that impels you to prayer. We enter as tourists, but left as simple humans having communed with the divine (and we are not muslims).
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2024
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Ally Smith
Leicester, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The oldest Mosque in Africa - and I believe the fourth oldest Mosque in the world? An incredible sight to see, boasting many different pillars from different countries. Also an intricate sundial in the centre of the court, and beautiful prayer rooms to be seen through the arches. Advise ladies to bring a head scarf to cover their heads - they do have some there but it's something to bring along if you can.
Written June 1, 2022
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Abovetheclouds
2,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This was just something else.  I have travelled much of the world, but this took my breath away.  Simple and basic but walking inside you are taken back to another era.  Like stepping back in time.  Peaceful.  The holiest Islamic site in North Africa.  Easy morning half-day trip from Sousse.  Go early as it is cooler.  I am Muslim so didn't have to pay to enter.  The staff will provide you with a robe or throw if you are not appropriately dressed.  Take in the exterior, then walk inside the Great Mosque and stand in the middle of the courtyard to really appreciate this holy Islamic site.  You can have a glimpse inside the prayer hall but you cannot go inside if you are not Muslim.  I had a guide with me which was very helpful.  If you go alone, I believe there is some information if I am not mistaken but very little.

Written June 1, 2024
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This mosque is the fourth most important site in Islam after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. It is a massive structure and still active mosque. There is a sundial more than 1000 years old on-site and at least three different wells from which water is still being used. Entry to the courtyard is fine but the mosque proper is off limits for non-Muslims. Incredible architecture.
Written November 30, 2021
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Adam Jones
Beijing, China190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Nice mosque in Kairouan. The mosque was built as a fortress as well so the minaret is unique - and the oldest standing minaret. Currently the inside of the mosque is only for prayers, and I was unable to enter. The courtyard is the most interesting part of the Great Mosque in my opinion.
Written December 17, 2023
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan2,900 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Located at the east end of the Kairouan Medina. There are several tourist attractions in the area that you can visit with one ticket that costs 12 TND. The Great Mosque is impressive and definitely worth checking out. The prayer room is off-limits to non-Muslims. It closes at 3PM so I recommend you go there early.
Written February 5, 2024
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David B
Bruce, Australia994 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is an amazing place, dating from about the 7th century CE. It is quite large. There is good interpretive material in French, English and Arabic. Entry to the mosque is only for believers but you can see inside. It is very impressive. The wooden door is a marvel.

Modest dress is required. Females must cover their head, shoulders and knees. Males must wear sleeves and pants that go below the knees.
Written July 30, 2023
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Jon Gunnar A
Pays de la Loire, France32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The court yard is open to everybody, but the prayer hall can only be entered by muslims. However, the doors are open, so you can take pictures of the impressive interior. Tickets 12 TD, which also give free access to 5 other attractions in Kairouan.
Written March 10, 2023
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KhawerGh
Maidenhead, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Highly recommended to see the first major islamic centre of North Africa.The mosque is inspiring, its columns are themselves a timelines through Tunisian history, dating from Carthage and Roman times. Many mausoleum honouring the prophets companions. A must see.
Written February 26, 2023
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JCZ64
Silver Spring, MD124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Incredible mosque (fourth most sacred site in Islam). Very simple, not flashy. The columns in the courtyard are reused from roman and Carthaginian sites. Praying hall is very simple, but the place has a spiritual vibe that impels you to prayer. We enter as tourists, but left as simple humans having communed with the divine (and we are not muslims).
Written June 10, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Aatmah M
111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The centre of Islamic history in Africa. Spread of Islam took place from this place. Massive mosque with bricks received from Romans. Witness the star if David and Cross of Christians on the doorway - a sign of respect and belief that early religions were true words of Allah.

In the court yard there is a sun dial which is interesting to find times if prayers before the advent of clocks
Written July 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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