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Address: Rue De La Kasbah, Kairouan 3100, Tunisia
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 oldest mosque in Tunisia

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I LOVED COMING HERE! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! The Sidi Okba (Great Mosque) is Islam's fourth holiest site behind Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, and the Old City of East Jerusalem. Yet, you don't have to be a Muslim to appreciate the beauty, splendour, serenity, and history of this mosque and all it has to offer. If your non-muslim, plan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was a part of a staff ride that travelled the Tunisian battlefields fought during WWII. On the 2nd evening we stayed in Kairouan and a short walk from the Hotel was this Mosque. So much history and great information and one of the largest Mosques in Northern Africa. Worth the tour. The visit was in 2010, but the date... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

This is justifiably a UNESCO World Heritage site. The size of the Great Mosque tells you all you need to know about the importance of Kairouan at its height. The Mosque itself is very impressive in its scale and its architecture. It's beautifully maintained and happily still in use

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