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Zitouna Mosque

Listed under Mosques in Tunis, Tunisia.

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The name of this mosque means olive tree – it was so named because originally the mosque’s founder taught from the Koran under only an olive tree. The mosque that replaced the tree in the 9th Century is Tunis’s main mosque, and its largest. The whole building centres round a huge open courtyard rimmed by white pillars – supposedly one for each teacher. Around the courtyard are galleries containing the impressive collection of relics, art and writings belonging to the mosque.

Around the outside of the mosque runs a ring of stalls selling dried fruit, cloth, perfume and books – these items always got pride of place close to the mosque.

The 44 metre high minaret is a 19th Century addition, and has become one of the city’s main landmarks.

If you’re dressed modestly you’ll be allowed into the courtyard but not inside the mosque itself.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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