The Great Mosque of Kairouan, Kairouan

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Dating back to 670 CE, The Great Mosque of Kairouan represents one of the oldest and most influential places of worship in the Muslim world. The vast complex boasts fortress-like walls enclosing a prayer hall and a huge marble courtyard. Reused Roman slabs with Latin engravings serve as a testament to the age of this mosque, as does one of the oldest minarets in the world. To find out how to plan a trip to Kairouan, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Not the first time in a Mosque for me - but the first time in a Mosque of such importance. It is striking , mostly by the size of the it and also by the fact that is very simple in appearance but...  more »
  • It’s the biggest mosque in Tunisia and one of the big four in the world. Locals say that visit this great mosque 7 times, equals the visit to the holy city Mecca. It’s simple but beautiful and act as....  more »
  • The Great Mosque is open in part to non/Muslim visitors . The building is incredibly beautiful and resonates history , a guide is invaluable to learn the details of the building and it’s past . Also.....  more »
  • Top pilgrimage site, in a very picturesque town. Was too late to enter, but beautiful from outside. Worth considering a guide, but manageable alone. Nice storefronts.
  • The best place to visit in the city. Taking pictures here are nice. Some sovernirs sold outside. Remember to bargain before your purchase.
  • Wow. Such a nice mosque. Inside there are a couple of hundred unique columns from different regions of the world. You will receive a change of outfit at the entrance and also the possibility to get a 'local guide' that will explain thing around.
  • Beautiful mosque, over 1000 years old, lots of history behind this. Must see. Photos dont do justice
  • Amazing mosque- this mosque is a place of worship which must be respected as such and as a tourist attraction. Visitors are very welcome and viewing of the surroundings is very much encouraged. The staff are very friendly but you must be dressed appropriately- if not there are changing areas where cultural dress is offers to change into before you visit the mosque. Car parking and organised trips are available. There are coffee shops / gift shops and opportunities to take pictures.

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