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Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)

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Address: Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes 30030, Morocco
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Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest...

Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.

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This mosque was a very beautiful as it was our first . However ..when we went to marrakech..the interiors of the place we saw near kasbah region ( forgetting name ) was very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

The most beautiful feeling when you step into Karaouine Mosque. Beautifully decorated, very relaxing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Magnificent stucture with years of history, a true delight to visit and pray. This has been maintained well

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This mosque was a very beautiful as it was our first . However ..when we went to marrakech..the interiors of the place we saw near kasbah region ( forgetting name ) was very similar . Let's face it After 12 days of visiting shrines and mosques,palaces and medressas;one does feel a sense of de.javu.. The novelty lasts for the first... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

The achitecture is beautiful. You will find yourself taking a lot of pictures of the outside. Historically it is the oldest and dates back to the eighth century. You can not go inside unless you are a Muslim.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Non-Muslims are forbidden to enter. This is the oldest mosque in the western Muslim world established in 857. The guide said the mosque can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. I can only imagine! I saw the mosque in Casablanca of enormous proportion that can house 25,000 and its magnitude of size is of no comparison.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I think this is a must-see in Fes. The architecture is beautiful and the guide they provided was really good. Took lots of photos!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Unless you are Muslim you can't enter. It is worth looking in. However, a better spot for virtually the same thing is the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II which is not rated as high on Trip Advisor. It has many more entrances for looks-in and is much more highly decorated. It is also one of the most holy shrines in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

A must see in Fes. An institution founded in 859AD and still running. The peaceful and brilliantly tiled courtyard and inner halls make it a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan architecture. Seeing a working sundial was a thrill for me.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

For Muslims, recommended as this is the world first madrasah, where it all began...For non-muslims, u can really appreciate e architecture as it is well maintained and atmosphere is magical.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Nice area, we saw it from the street pathway, but beautiful detailed ceramic work and a vibrant history.

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