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Great Mosque of Kairouan is the most important mosque in Tunisia located in the town of Kairouan, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in AD 670 by the Arab general Uqba ibn Nafi, it is also called the Mosque of Uqba.

The Great Mosque of Kairouan is one of the oldest Islamic place of worship in the world. It is also one of the largest in North Africa. It spreads over 9000 square meters of area and includes a huge paved courtyard. The mosque is lauded as a masterpiece of Islamic art and architecture. The present appearance dates back to works done on the mosque in the 9th century.


Mosque of Uqba, Tunisia
Mosque of Uqba, Tunisia
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A replica of the Great Mosque of Kairouan can be seen at Taman Tamadun Islam, an Islamic-themed monument park in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.


Great Mosque of Kairouan
Great Mosque of Kairouan
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