Mosque Sidi Sahbi (Mosque of the Barber), Kairouan

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Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Admire the majestic facade and elaborately carved stone interiors of Mosque Sidi Sahbi (Mosque of the Barber), built over a mausoleum of Prophet Muhammad’s companion and barber Abou Zamaa el-Balawi, patron of the city. Originally built in the 13th century, this vast complex including several courts was enlarged and reconstructed in the mid-17th century. Hispanic Moorish-style minarets rise above the mosque, while the interior features an intricate tile design and richly decorated stucco panels with latticed windows. With our custom trip planner, Kairouan attractions like Mosque Sidi Sahbi (Mosque of the Barber) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The mosque looks plain on the outside but has some beautiful decorations and wall tiles inside and particularly around the inner courtyard. Non muslims could not go inside the actual mosque but the...  more »
  • This small mosque and mausoleum features a number of beautiful design elements, including a small courtyard with beautiful handpainted tiles, and another room with a stunning white cupola, with each.....  more »
  • Very nice building with great decorations. Overall well maintained building with pretty colors throughout  more »
  • It is so beautiful I cant say anything else because it is an indescribable place it is shook fun and good for everyone
  • You've got to visit this historic site which is steeped in history.
  • Lovely little Andalusian monastery. Look out for the tiles depicting a different representation of the original sin.
  • I wanted to visit this mausoleum because Sidi Sahabi is a Sahaba, which means he is one of the many followers of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). You should most definitely wear shorts that fall below the knee, or else you'll have to wear a makeshift skirt to cover them. Make sure to come in with clean feet if you want to visit the actual mausoleum and not the outside of it. It was honestly a great experience because I really didn't know there would be Sahaba in Tunisia.
  • Impresive place to visit

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