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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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+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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Fascinating Mosque

Blown away by the artists who built this Mosque. Amazing attention to detail and precision was evident. Peregrine guided tour, this made it easier for us to understand this... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Blown away by the artists who built this Mosque. Amazing attention to detail and precision was evident. Peregrine guided tour, this made it easier for us to understand this architecture and history side. Hint: camera, suitable footwear and clothing, recommend you allow a lot of time, with a guide is best

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Amman, Jordan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This mosque is the oldest university in the world which automatically makes it a must-see while in Fes. The inside is beautifully designed and well maintained. To enter the mosque and see it from the inside you have to be Muslim and also it needs to be time for prayer. This is the only reason I deducted a star. As... More 

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Poway, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

One caveat: unless you are Muslim, you cannot enter most mosques, including this one. From the outside, the artistry looks interesting.

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Thank RandSand
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the fact that it's the oldest university in the world i have been disappointed because only muslims can enter. I thought it was possible to visit but no. It's only for prayers. Even if you are muslim you can't use your camera.

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Thank Guidzi
Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very unique and colourful mosque hidden in the medina. Not sure how to get there exactly as many things in the medina, so dont't be shy to ask for directions. Take note its only open to muslim.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This truly historical site is worth seeing. The founder's generosity in establishing it and centuries of commitment maintaining it is humbling.

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a delight to see the oldest university in the world in the middle of an ancient medina. We could not go in but could see through the beautiful arch ways the amazing mosaics, light fittings , carpets etc. it is clean and tranquil which is contrast to the rest of the medina. If you are visiting the Fes medina... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

A beautiful mosque in the middle of the bustling medina. When I visited the sun was shining and sitting in the mosque was so tranquil.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We cirkeled it many times, never saw more gates open than the main one, and the view through that one was just ok. Have seen better mosks.

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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely place, the 1st ever Islamic school of learning in the world. over 1400 years old, and still teaching and learning continues at this place. People of all over the world come here to study.

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