"Tunis - Zaytuna Mosque" Tunisia Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The Zaytuna Mosque (meaning 'olive tree') or Great Mosque lies at the centre of the Medina and was built in the 8th century by its founder, Hassan Ibn Nooman, a conqueror of Byzantine Carthage. The first mosque of this site was built in AD 734 but this was later rebuilt in the 9th century by the Aghlabids. In fact there an inscription still exists on the dome in front of the mihrab with the date of AD 864. The central prayer hall features some 184 columns from Roman Carthage while there are European influences dotted around the mosque in the form of brickwork. Originally, the mosque didn't have a minaret but instead had two towers in the corners before the present minaret was built in the 19th century. You're able to enter inside the mosque but only to view the courtyard.

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  • Written Aug 30, 2008
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