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Zitouna Mosque

Zitouna Mosque, Tunis is the main religious site housed by the capital city of Tunisia. It is one of the main landmarks of the city which reflects the religious sentiments of 99% of the local inhabitants. Flocked by tourists and pilgrims, the Zitouna Mosque is rated among the top tourist attractions in Tunis. The Zitouna Mosque, Tunis literally means ‘olive tree’ reflecting the culture of teaching under an olive tree which was followed by the mosque’s founder.

History of Zitouna Mosque, Tunis:

According to the historians and various recorded documents, Zitouna Mosque in Tunis was originally the site of a Christian monk. The mosque dates back to the 732 AD but much of the features was added during its rebuilding process in the mid 9th Century. The latest modification was made in 19th Century when the minaret was remodeled.

General Features of Zitouna Mosque, Tunis:

The most impressive feature of the mosque is the minaret which stands at 44 meters high. One can view the minaret from a distance from the city center of Tunis. After viewing this impressive feature of mosque, one can also view the prayer room of the Zitouna Mosque in Tunis. The courtyard is also an impressive architectural feta where the tourist can feed the pigeons.

The courtyard is surrounded by galleries which house a large number of religious records and paintings which cannot be viewed anywhere else. One can also access the main body of the mosque via the galleries. For a detailed knowledge about the history of Zitouna Mosque, visit the library which was originally founded in 1450.

Today, tourists flocking the mosque view it as a place of worship though at previous time it also served as an important house of higher learning which is older than most of the European universities.

While touring Zitouna Mosque at Tunis, tourists must dress modestly. Though Non-Muslims are not allowed into the main mosque, they can stroll around the courtyard and view the ancient architectural style reflected in the exterior and interior of the monument. Female travelers must cover their heads and arms before entering the mosque complex of Zitouna Mosque, Tunis.

Accessing the mosque is not difficult as it is located at the heart of the city. While touring this part of the country, make sure that you visit the religious site of Zitouna Mosque of Tunis.


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