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Mosque Sidi Sahbi (Mosque of the Barber)

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Address: Kairouan, Tunisia

Ages ago the local barber performed ritual circumcisions, hence the name of...

Ages ago the local barber performed ritual circumcisions, hence the name of this ornate cathedral.

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Sufi experience

It's a good place to learn about Tunisian sufi rituals and pray hoping that the good spirits of the place will help you achieve.

Reviewed 25 February 2015
Ezzahra, Tunisia

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Ezzahra, Tunisia
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 25 February 2015

It's a good place to learn about Tunisian sufi rituals and pray hoping that the good spirits of the place will help you achieve.

Thank TunisianSalma
Leicester UK
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394 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2015

Awe inspiring mosque of massive importance to the Muslims of Africa and elsewhere. Well worth a visit - best with a guide to explain everything.

Thank Rich52
New Jersey
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2014

very interesting and very beautiful. Well worth a visit. Beautiful mosaics. Lots of color and local color.

Thank thisissusan
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654 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2014

This mosque is considerably smaller than the grand Mosque but is decorated with thousands of beautifully illustrated tiles and plaster frescoes. The mausoleum itself is in the far corner of the courtyard and is well worth a nosey, the guardian will bless you with orange water for a tiny donation. Whilst we were there a family had just completed the... More 

Thank Howellsey
Devon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 495 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

This was yet another attraction visted in Kairouan as part of the 3 Cities tour, El Jem, Monastir and Kairouan, booked through Thomson Holidays in our resort of El Kantaoui. The Mausoleum was not as vast or did not have the initial wow factor that the Grand Mosque had, which we had just visited and reviewed separately. However, it had... More 

Thank David D
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The place is so beautiful you should make time to go there, and we were able to look into the prayer hall too. Ladies, remember to have a headscarf although there were people not covered the day we went. Outside, enjoy the traders- it was fun and easier negotiating than in a busy souk.

Thank Finona68
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2014

This small mosque has the most beautiful tilework adorning the walls. It is also a madrasa (zaouia in Maghrebi) and our visit was cut short by prayer times for the students. I do agree with the reviewer that it is inappropriate for people to complain about having to cover up to visit a mosque. If we visit another culture we... More 

Thank Criss G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014

I went with one of the official guides which take you around several of the city's main sights for 20Td, and for me this place was the highlight. (The tour -- I was with a guy named Ahmed -- was worth it.) The detail in the rooms was stunning. The other reviews complaining about non-Muslims not being allowed in parts... More 

Thank Malcolm75
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We took the "Tale of 3 cities" day tour of which the first stop was the holy city of Kairouan, the fourth most important site in Islam and UNESCO World Heritage town. We visited the Grand mosque first (reviewed else where) and then the Sidi Sahbu mausoleum and enjoyed seeing the intricate mosaics. The visit to Kairouan is recommended as... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Visited here on a organised trip and we had a great guide who had to repeat everything in 3 different languages. Some of the tiling and decorations are very beautiful and the short visit was very interesting. The only gripe was the pushy sellers trying to force you to buy items just ignore them and refuse the items as they... More 

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