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Reviewed 14 April 2015

Like some of the other Fes attractions this site is a not really an "attraction" in the sense that it is site for tourists so if you are not in the area then dont put this on your must see but if you are in the area stop for a quick peek.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed 29 December 2014

This mosque was the symbolic counterpart to the Qarawiyyine in the Andalous quarter; in Fez's very early history, the Qarawiyyine and Andalous quarters were separate cities on opposite sides of the river, with their own walls. They were later joined into one city and the Qarawiyyine mosque eventually overshadowed the Andalous mosque as the spiritual and symbolic heart of the city.

The mosque itself is similar to the Qarawiyyine in architecture, though not as large. The main thing you can see from outside is the large northwestern portal with a lovely wooden canopy. There are a couple of other portals if you go either left or right around the mosque, but not nearly as impressive. All of these doors typically remain closed; if you're not a Muslim but want to glimpse inside, your best bet is to come during the main Friday prayers, when usually all the doors of the mosque would be open (during other prayer times they may not all be open).

Coming from the Qarawiyyine or Bab R'cif, you can usually follow the "Mosquée Al Anouar" signs to eventually lead you to the mosque's main portal, which is located along a market street going uphill from the river and stands at the top of some long steps. (Note that there doesn't seem to be anything to see at the "Mosquée Al Anouar" itself, which is a little further.)

Be warned that there are always men waiting in front of the mosque trying to act as faux guides or who will offer to lead you up to a terrace (in a shop) with a view over the mosque. If you're not interested, just remain polite and then go on your way when you're done; don't react in a hostile way if you're annoyed as they tend to be a little moody (more even than elsewhere in Fez). I don't recommend exploring further than the mosque unless you're continuing to Bab Ftouh.

Unfortunately, apart from the mosque there isn't much to see in this area as the nearby medersas (Sahrij and Sbaiyine) are closed until further notice.

Date of experience: November 2014
3  Thank BobPraz
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

I was a bit disappointed by this mosque. Unlike some others of the great mosques I've encountered, this one has only one portal - or so it seemed to me at least. This one is nice though, and nicely decorated. From afar when you can see the minaret it's a nice view and the muezzin is also singing in a more sining way than some others do.

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank Toni B
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

It was a nice walk in the Andalusian quarter. Unfortunately the Sahrij medersa was closed and the mosque itself not open to non-muslims, but the staircase is very impressive as is the entrance portal. Much less touristic and false-guides- free.

Date of experience: July 2012
2  Thank Orientoholic
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

Some great andalusian mosques throughout the city. You should see at least one before you leave.

Date of experience: October 2011
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