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Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)

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Address: Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes 30030, Morocco
Phone Number: +212 601-585030
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

If a non Muslim you can only look into the courtyard from the doorway but for a coin a guy will take photos inside for you......he did a good job. Read up on the history and importance in Islamic culture and inhale!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful mosque with a beautiful history. Unsure if they let in non Muslims however unfortunately. As a Muslim I prayed inside and had a look around. On my way out we tried to convince locals to let non Muslims in as long as it's not prayer times but unfortunately they were not keen. Unsure why as I believe our great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This place is interesting! First university build by a muslim women! It is a bit sad though, that only muslims are allowed to enter and that muslim females cant enter the center-area.

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