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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.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Rue De La Kasbah, Kairouan 3100, Tunisia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a truly magnificane mosque and if you are in Tunisia not to be missed. Its closed to non-muslims on Fridays

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AndrewKarney
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a islamic cultural most important site in 670ad. Scholars used to come here to learn and teach here from all over the world. I was asked to pay to enter the mosque but after a bit of haggling, I said I am not...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank samiexplorer
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

This grand mosque was built from the remains of the broken and destroyed Roman temples in the area and its evidence is in the walls. It is a very big mosque with 365 columns inside the actual mosque. Its minaret is 32 meters high and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

This was part of a 2 day trip and I wasn’t looking forward to this part, but learning about another culture and seeing some amazing buildings I genuinely thought it was very interesting

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank petertU8908JB
Reviewed 14 November 2018

I came here with a guide outside prayer times, so there was no-one else inside. That was good because my guide was able to explain the history of the mosque to me without disturbing anyone. The interior is relatively small but the tower is pretty...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jebskulker
Reviewed 14 November 2018

If you are going to stop at Mosque, may as well be this one. It has a very interesting construction history, not a lot of people and easy to tour. Women, don't forget your head cover.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Matrix275
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

Went of an organised full day excursion with TUI. Picked up at 7:25 & headed to Kairouan for the mosque. Guide added an extra stop at another site, would have preferred to go get straight there. The Great Mosque was quite impressive & the guide...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank PHABfamily
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

The locals say that this is the oldest mosque in Africa, although this is disputed. However, that takes nothing away from the beauty and simplicity of this vast building. One fact which is not disputed is its significance to Islam in Africa. Definitely worth a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ruby_Zak_Issy
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Visited as part of a Tui trip from Hammamet. Fantastic place to visit, having a knowledgeable guide is a big help, really sets the scene. Fantastic architecture and history. The only thing you cannot do is go into the Mosque as a non muslim though...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 166russelle
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

The architecture is breathtaking. The intricacy of the designs reflect the dedication of the artisans to the expression of their faith. Humbled by the perfection of the sundial and impressed by the water sistern system

Date of experience: September 2018
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8 February 2017|
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Response from | 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.
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Response from RicardoBowie | 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