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“Interesting reuse of roman remains”

Mosque Sidi Sahbi (Mosque of the Barber)
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Full-Day Kairouan and El Jem Tour from Tunis
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Kairouan
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Owner description: Ages ago the local barber performed ritual circumcisions, hence the name of this ornate cathedral.
Reviewed 17 April 2013

This is open to the public although if you are unsuitably dressed you will be issued with suitable coverings. It is apparently practically unchanged since the 11th C. Some beautiful stucco and and re-use of Roman remains in the minaret wall.

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Reviewed 7 October 2012

We visited this on the recommendation of our guide using the global ticket for the Kairouan mosques. It is a mosque and school built as part of the mausoleum of one of the Prophet's companions. The whole complex is very beautiful and atmospheric, and we were able to explore most of it except the mausoleum (where the guard took my companion's camera and took photographs on our behalf).

The only problem we had on our visit were the unofficial guides who insisted on giving us "gifts" of momentos that they then expected payment for. This was the only place we visited in Tunisia where they were so insistent and intrusive.

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Reviewed 19 July 2012

Having visited many Mosques throughout the world this one was so much different. It was much more open to the public then some. It was a very a very interesting place with some lovely architecture and many more rooms off than the others we have been in. The only place we could not go was the Prayer Hall we were able to look in. The circumcision room is still there intact. This mosque was originally built as a mausoleum.

We visited this mosque on a three cities tour and would recommend a visit here.

1  Thank Brian P
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Reviewed 31 August 2006

Had visited the mosque during the 'tale of three cities excursion' from the hotel.. Didnt have a clue where I was at the time coz I fell asleep on the way there.. but it was a pretty interesting place as I had never even heard of it before I got there..

Non muslims are only allowed on the courtyard and not into the actual prayer place.. but you can see it pretty easily. The mosque itself is quite small..

Being muslim myself I was allowed to go in and say a prayer.. saying that tho I dont think id ever been so scared in my life.. as I had every visitor there photographing my backside whilst I was praying.. Certainly an experience! (I just hope I didnt put anything on display)!

Seeing the mausoleum was a little overwhelming for little old moi.. but if your the kind of history buff that knows alot you'l like it..

Oh and beware of the locals trying to sell you things.. the kids will come and put whatever they're selling in your hand, say its a gift, walk off and come back later demanding payment.. so be careful coz they wont leave you alone!

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