Al-Zaytuna Mosque, Tunis, Tunisia

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Al-Zaytuna Mosque, (Arabic: جامع الزيتونة‎, literally meaning the Mosque of Olive) is a major mosque in city of Tunis.

Al-Zaytuna was the second mosque to be built in Maghreb region after the Mosque of Uqba in Kairouan. The exact date of building varies according to source. Most of historians believe that it was built at 84 hijri (703 C.E.).

The mosque covers an area of 5,000 square meters with nine entrances. It has 160 columns brought originally from the ruins of the old city of Carthage. Al-Zaytuna mosque followed the design and architecture of previous mosques, mainly the Mosque of Uqba, and was an inspiration for later mosques such as the Great Mosque of Cordoba. The square minaret rises from the northwest corner of the courtyard. Built in 1894, the minaret is 43 meters (141 ft) high.

The mosque is known to host one of the first and greatest universities in the history of Islam. Many Muslim scholars were graduated from the Al-Zaytuna for over a thousand years. One of the most famous alumni of Al-Zaytuna is Ibn Khaldoun who is known as father of modern historiography in the world. Al-Zaytuna libraries were the richest among North African counterparts. It had tens of thousands of books included a large collection of rare and unique manuscripts. The manuscripts covered almost all subjects and sciences, including grammar, logic, documentations, etiquette of research, medicine, cosmology, arithmetic, geometry, minerals, vocational training, etc.

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& on October 6, 2011

very very nice photo!! like

Elemér on October 6, 2011

Beautiful photo composed well! L


Ali Sharifi on October 6, 2011

واقعا زیباست

Bedri Akçay on October 6, 2011

çok güzel bir dini mekan çekimi, tebrikler, like,,,

Batool Ghasemlou on October 6, 2011


M.Salih ÖZBUDAK on October 6, 2011

Kadraj içi yerleşim çok güzel Hamed.


Hamed Ansari on October 7, 2011



Ali Sharifi

Batool Ghasemlou

بینهایت متشکرم



Thanks, friends! I'm glad you like it :)



Nazik yorumunuz için sonsuz teşekkürler.

reza-tj on October 7, 2011

چقدر آثار تاریخی داره


Вадим Крюков on October 8, 2011

Excellent photo! Greetings from Ukraine. Vadim.

Hamed Ansari on October 8, 2011


بله از این نظر خیلی دیدنیه

Вадим Крюков

Thanks a lot, friend :)

►Berat Qevî Endam on October 8, 2011


Marco Balsinha on October 10, 2011

Beautiful Mosque, Like, greetings from Portugal

pinkdaisy on October 11, 2011

çok güzel bir camii Hamed

çok hoş fotoğraflar yüklemişsin.


Hamed Ansari on October 11, 2011

►Barāt Qavi-andām



Thanks a lot :)


Beğendiğine çok çok sevindim :)

Kao-chan on October 12, 2011

Very nice arhitecture !



Hamed Ansari on October 14, 2011


Yes really amazing architecture!

Thank you so much for visit, compliment and kind words :)

Yosarsif مهدی کلهر on October 20, 2011

شات ارزشمند.


Hamed Ansari on October 20, 2011


ممنون دوست عزیز

Samar Ouadhani on November 4, 2011

I also like ths one :-) nice!

Hamed Ansari on November 6, 2011


Thank you so much, dear friend!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 22, 2011
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    by Hamed Ansari
    • Camera: SONY SLT-A33
    • Taken on 2011/07/14 13:42:30
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash