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
    91 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • David B
    Bruce, Australia1,017 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Adam Jones
    Beijing, China58 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Toru O
    Setagaya, Japan2,109 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 February 2024
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fartoomanyusers
London, UK437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Entrance to the site allows you to view the main prayer room from a number of doorways. Which gives you a good impression of the space. You can also wander the two covered walkways, and the huge courtyard.

Whilst the Grate Mosque doesn't have the same intricate mosaics of Sidi Sahbi Mausoleum, the size of the site is quite impressive.
Written 27 March 2024
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan2,109 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 5 February 2024
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Adam Jones
Beijing, China58 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 17 December 2023
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Sarananas96
Province of Brescia, Italy58 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It was nice but nothing spectacular, similar to other mosques I saw before. The atmosphere was quiet and It was half empty
Written 25 September 2023
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David B
Bruce, Australia1,017 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 30 July 2023
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Aatmah M
91 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 25 July 2023
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,652 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is a must visit site when you are in the city. Non Muslims are able to get access to a large part of the Mosque and are able to look inside from a number of open doors.
Great architecture.
Written 13 April 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 10 March 2023
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KhawerGh
Maidenhead, UK12 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 26 February 2023
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mrc282
World8,269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
ironically I bumped into most number of hustlers in Kairouan, the holy city

two accosted me right as I was about to enter this mosque. then another three in medina. all in a span of 2 hours.

the most common pick up line is an aggressive ask "where is your ticket" or pointing to a direction and say "this is where you should go for mosque blah blah or panoramic view" when in reality they either want money or your patronage at the carpet shop

just ignore all of them and move along. if you need directions, you can ask the ticket seller at the mosque
Written 5 January 2023
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