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Great Mosque of Kairouan

Rue De La Kasbah, Kairouan 3100, Tunisia
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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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Rue De La Kasbah, Kairouan 3100, Tunisia

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must for anyone visiting Tunisia. The great mosque has been well maintained and is a well visited attraction. The Friday I visited had about 4 coaches awaiting from Europe I think to see the courtyard. So I'd say it's a well visited...More

Thank YusufUkaye
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited outside prayer times so it was very quiet. The decor inside is really nice and has a very simple but traditional feature to it. Had a good chance to enjoy the coolness and serenity inside the mosque. The building is also very grand...More

Thank UBrummyZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The mosque is beautiful and have an amazing place in history.It is the oldest Muslim place of worship in Africa and is commonly regarded as the fourth holiest site in Islam (after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem).The mosque is very well maintened and it is very...More

Thank Asiyah Noemi K
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Many interesting (and very old) details and photo opportunities. Avoid the guides - they only want your money and know less than your guidebook!

Thank beppi0
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This old city is the first "Islamic" city built in North Africa. Its Grand mosque underwent many renovations and expansions, keeping the original building surviving in the front. The huge surface area either indoors or the outdoors are breath taking. The old city inside the...More

Thank AhmedTaher
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We were told this was one of the most important religious centres in Tunisia. Having taken a bus trip to see this ‘unforgiving gem’ we couldn’t actually find the entrance to gain access, as all the doors were locked. Having walked the perimeter we eventually...More

Thank Raymond S
Reviewed 30 January 2017 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...More

Thank M O
Reviewed 24 January 2017

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 -...More

1  Thank Case_USA
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!

1  Thank Toufik-22
Reviewed 27 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...More

Thank Bashar K
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8 February 2017|
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Response from DukeTroy | Reviewed this property |
There is no direct public transportation. You would have to take a Louage (shared minivan from Tunis to Sousse, and then from there, another on to Kairouan. My expectation is that each Louage would cost less than ~$8/9 USD.
16 July 2015|
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Response from Richard B | Reviewed this property |
I travelled there from Sousse by a form of public transport called Louage. Cheap, cheerful, reliable and safe. Takes about 45 mins to an hour. It resembles a big taxi, about 8-10 seater. Great day out. You could get out at... More