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Grand Mosque, Sousse: 5 reviews and 20 photos

Just inside the northern end of the Medina stands the fortress-like Great Mosque, built in 851 AD, a few years after the re-foundation of the town by the Aghlabids, on the model of the Sidi Oqba Mosque in Kairouan. The mosque originally had two defensive towers which in earlier centuries guarded the harbour. The battlemented walls of the courtyard, which is surrounded on three sides by a colonnade of tall horseshoe arches borne on massive piers, are decorated with an elaborate Kufic frieze. The arcade in front of the thirteen-aisled prayer hall was added in 1675. The prayer hall originally consisted only of three barrel-vaulted bays, but by the 10th century it was found to be too small and was extended by the addition of three rather higher groin-vaulted bays on the side with the qibla wall.

Open: 8am-1pm Sat-Thur. Closed Fridays. Admission: TD2 from a little kiosk in the square outside the mosque.

Address: Rue Othmane Osmane, Sousse

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  • Written Mar 1, 2008
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