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Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)

Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes 30030, Morocco
+212 601-585030
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Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.
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Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes 30030, Morocco
+212 601-585030
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Reviewed 14 January 2015

It seems pretty unapproachable, and to be honest I wouldn't have known that it was even there if the doors weren't open when I walked passed it. It's epic if you get to take a look inside!

Thank Dom G
Reviewed 31 December 2014

it was amazing to be outside a place with so much history, but as non Muslims cannot enter there was not much to see. It is near the Tannery, so worth a quick look if you are nearby.

Thank anita s
Reviewed 26 November 2014

Non-Muslims are not allowed inside. You can see it through the gates only. My Muslim friends took my camera inside and snapped photos for me, so I have a glimpse of the beautiful decor, mosaics and arches, colorful roof dome.

Thank NataliaInCOS
Reviewed 26 November 2014

It is a pity that non-muslims can't enter the building. From the doors you really can't see much, but in exchange for a little tip the muslim guardians can take your camera or cellphone and walk inside the mosque taking random photos, which can give...More

Thank torpedo48
Reviewed 15 November 2014

In the middle of the old medina. Be prepared for a long walk, but it's definitely worth it. Very well maintained

Thank Zahara S
Reviewed 3 October 2014

Enjoy the beautiful mosaic tile work, the decorated cedar woodwork and the design of the mosque. Established in 859 it is one of the oldest mosques in the western world. The first university was established here, amazingly be a woman!

2  Thank Peach P
Reviewed 25 September 2014 via mobile

We found the university with a little help from local people, it was very beautiful to look at however because it is a mosque we were not able to enter. Apparently the oldest university in the world we were informed by a man who owned...More

Thank Katie B
Reviewed 17 September 2014

You can have a look at the entrance of the Mosque which is in the maze of alleys. It looks beautiful but one cannot see too much through a large doorway and of course you cannot enter if not Muslim. Amazing that such a huge...More

Thank Lindy B
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Our guide book explained that this was the world's oldest university. It looked beautiful inside, but unfortunately as we were not muslims we were not allowed to enter. You can walk all around it and see if more than 1 door is open so as...More

Thank Elbe1961
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Sadly it can only be visited from the outside if you are not a muslim. Nonetheless it has very nice gates, it's minaret looks nice and it has also an astronomy tower nearby. You will walk along it anyway when you are in Fès, so...More

1  Thank Toni B
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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.