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Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.
Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes 30030, Morocco
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Reviewed 5 February 2019

Unlike some of the other comments i read here, we were allowed to visit the madarasa and see the place started by a woman more than a 1000 years back, and is still running. Amazing architecture and beauty.The students rooms are spartan, yet comfortable. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SrikanthSivaraj
Reviewed 29 January 2019 via mobile

You can only visit this place if you are a muslim (my non-muslim friend had to wait outside). I loved the architecture and overall peaceful ambiance of this place. Take some time to sit there and enjoy the silence

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gamaralizade
Reviewed 5 January 2019

I re-visited Fez after reading articles by various international news organisations -- CNN's website, the Guardian etc -- saying that the library and parts of the medersa attached to the Kairaouine Mosque would be opened to the public following restoration in late 2016/2017. Well, nearly...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MissAnthropologist
Reviewed 3 January 2019

Went inside as we're Muslims. Looked around and took some photos. This is right inside the Medina in one of the alley ways. Local residents and traders flock in during the prayers, especially during Friday lunchtime, when market stalls in the alley ways are shutdown.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Amitav R
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

For the end of 2018 we (Dutch family of 4, kids 14 and 18) chose to visit Morocco. Fly to Fez and hire a car to drive our way via Meknes and Ouzoud to Marrakech. We passed the entrance twice during our visit to Fes,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

I believe this is a Mosque and primary place of study in Fes. You can only get in if you're either a student or there for prayer, so you'll typically only be able to look in from the entrances from which it looks typically ornate.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SevenoaksSinjun
Reviewed 10 December 2018

In the heart of the Old Medina lies Masjid al Qarawiyyin, dating back to the 9th century it is believed to be the world's oldest university and established by a woman, Fatima al Fihri. It is only open to Muslims and we were fortunate to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank julesem47
Reviewed 4 December 2018

This was a place I really wanted to see, but unless you can demonstrate that you are a moslem, then you are denied entrance. So even if you are a moslem that doesnt speak arabic or french, then you have no chance. There is no...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rhysw552016
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Somewhere in the centre of the Old Medina. Part of it is a library that is the oldest public library in Morocco. Manuscripts of great scholars are kept here, like Ibn Khaldoun.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Noseason
Reviewed 30 October 2018

From what we could see from the doorway, it looked very nice. It would have been nicer if we were allowed entry. One of the staff at the tour took our camera and snapped some photos inside the mosque (which was amazing- and we didn't...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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22 February 2015|
Response from torpedo48 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately not: every part of the university is off-limits for non-Muslims.