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Great Mosque of Kairouan

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Address: Rue De La Kasbah, Kairouan 3100, 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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As grand as the name suggests

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

Reviewed 11 March 2017
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

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

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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 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 walls is worthy to wander within.

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Boston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 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 found an ‘open door’ on the south west side of the incredibly large building, which... More 

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Thank Raymond S
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 30 January 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 keep it for later when there are no rain .

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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 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 - astounding. And yet the space invites personal tranquility. Not to be missed if you appreciate... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 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!

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Ramallah, null, Palestine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 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 using the public transportation. It is nearly 50 km from Sousse and it took little... More 

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 13 December 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.

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Tehran
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 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.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 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 place in history.

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