Mosque of Uqba, Kairouan, Tunisia

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Mosque of Uqba aka the Great Mosque of Kairouan, with more than 8000 square meters of area is one of the biggest mosques of Tunisia and north of Africa. It is the first mosque built by Muslims in Maghreb and it’s certainly a masterpiece of Islamic art and architecture.

The mosque was built by the great Muslim general, Uqba ibn Nafi’ at 670 AD (the year 50 according to the Islamic calendar) when he founded the city of Kairouan. During Aghlabid era it has been maintained and restored at 836 AD and after that it hasn’t had a great change till now. Its unique architecture had been an example for mosques that have been constructed after, in Maghrebi countries (Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania). The minaret of this mosque is one of the oldest in Islamic architecture and its Minbar definitely is the oldest one in Islamic world!

From this mosque Malikism triumphed in Tunisia and Maghreb and it has been considered as most important center for theology science in north of Africa. Some Muslims believe that this mosque is 4th important mosque in Islam and seven pilgrims of this mosque equal to one pilgrim of Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.

In addition to studies of theological and religious science, the mosque also hosts various courses of science such as mathematics, astronomy, medicine and etc and many of great Muslim scientists have been studied there. We can compare its role in Islamic civilization with University of Paris in middle ages.

Show more
Show less
Save Cancel Want to use bold, italic, links?

Comments (94)

Hamed Ansari on September 24, 2011

Ibolya I

Thank you so much!

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on September 24, 2011

Your shot show a perfect perspective!!--Like--AnaM

Hamed Ansari on September 24, 2011


Thank you! I'm very glad you like it :)

Maciej _K on October 3, 2011

Gorgeous shot. Wonderful perspective. 60!

Thanks for inviting me to the group Tunisia. Best wishes, Maciej

Hamed Ansari on October 3, 2011


Thanks for your kind words!

You're welcome :)

© cvandermeijden on October 9, 2011

Great depth and fine colors, I Like it!

Best wishes, Carla

Marco Balsinha on October 10, 2011

Excellent, Like, greetings from Portugal

Hamed Ansari on October 10, 2011

© c.vandermeijden


Thanks for your kind words :)

Mansoor Hooshmand on October 23, 2011



Hamed Ansari on November 6, 2011

M@nsoor Hooshm@nd

ممنون دوست عزیز

Reza tahmasbi on February 10, 2012

Wonderful photo. Like

Alla Saed on February 25, 2012

صورة رائعة البوم مميز تحيات م علاء سعيد من ليبيا like

Ahmet Bekir on September 25, 2012

Wonderful shot and of course Liked...greetings from Macedonia, Ahmet Bekir

Christos Theodorou on April 16, 2013

Absolutely fine and elegant picture. Hello from Athens.

Sign up to comment. Sign in if you already did it.

Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 19, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Hamed Ansari
    • Camera: SONY SLT-A33
    • Taken on 2011/07/16 15:46:17
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 30.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash