Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tunisia - Kairouan
Grande Mosquée or the Great Mosque of Kairouan or the Mosque of Uqba, which is in the city of Kairouan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sent by Salem, a friend from Tunisia.
With the Great Mosque, the Mosque of the Three Doors, the Basin of the Aghlabids, and the other numerous archaeological remains, Kairouan bears exceptional witness to the civilization of the first centuries of the Hegira in Ifriqiya. The Great Mosque served as a model for several other Maghreban mosques, particularly for its decorative motifs, which are unique. Kairouan is, moreover, one of the holy cities and spiritual capitals of Islam. Next to the Great Mosque, the first place of worship founded in the Maghreb only 38 years after the death of the Prophet, is the Zawiya of Sidi Sahab where the remains of Abu Djama, one of Mahomet's companions, are kept.