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The Great Mosque is one of the highlights of Kairouan. We bought a ticket at the mosque entrance which gave entry to many of the sights in Kairouan as well as the mosque. We had seen many mosques during our trip but this was the first time we had been allowed inside.

We were allowed walk around the courtyard but not into the prayer room, which is off-limits to non muslims. Even though it was only 9.30 am there was already a tour group here. Luckily they had finished as we arrived so we had the place more or less to ourselves. Seeing the inside of a mosque for the first time was an interesting experience and the fact that it was Kairouan's Great Mosque, one of the most important in the country, made it extra special.

There has been a mosque on this site since the 8th century, making it one of the oldest in Tunisia. Much has been added over the centuries but always in good taste in an architectural sense, so it is difficult to tell what came first and what was added later. The minaret is the outstanding feature of the mosaue. Also veryu prominent are the wells. Water was very important to the mosque and it very clever how they managed to get so much of it. We looked into the prayer room, with its numerous columns, which have given rise to some interesting traditions and stories over the years.

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  • Written Aug 7, 2006
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