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Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)

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Address: Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes 30030, Morocco
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+212 601-585030
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Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest...

Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.

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This mosque was a very beautiful as it was our first . However ..when we went to marrakech..the interiors of the place we saw near kasbah region ( forgetting name ) was very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is quite surprising to find such a building in the middle of the Fes Medina after seeing so many small and tall houses and very narrow alleys . Since it is a Mosque , non-Muslims are not allowed in but it is still possible to see from the outside the impressive art work !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's biggest mosque in madina and beautifully designed amazing art work . Its very big inside and very peaceful location

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were impressed by its history and fine art work. It is hard to believe that this was the first university built on this planet by an Arab woman. A must see while in Fes. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a great historical site of Islamic scholarship. very peaceful and located deep in the heart of the souk. prayer times are peaceful and relaxing and generally a great place to relax unwind and contemplate .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

The most beautiful feeling when you step into Karaouine Mosque. Beautifully decorated, very relaxing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Magnificent stucture with years of history, a true delight to visit and pray. This has been maintained well

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This mosque was a very beautiful as it was our first . However ..when we went to marrakech..the interiors of the place we saw near kasbah region ( forgetting name ) was very similar . Let's face it After 12 days of visiting shrines and mosques,palaces and medressas;one does feel a sense of de.javu.. The novelty lasts for the first... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

The achitecture is beautiful. You will find yourself taking a lot of pictures of the outside. Historically it is the oldest and dates back to the eighth century. You can not go inside unless you are a Muslim.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Non-Muslims are forbidden to enter. This is the oldest mosque in the western Muslim world established in 857. The guide said the mosque can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. I can only imagine! I saw the mosque in Casablanca of enormous proportion that can house 25,000 and its magnitude of size is of no comparison.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I think this is a must-see in Fes. The architecture is beautiful and the guide they provided was really good. Took lots of photos!

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