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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Comments (80)

&ri.co on October 6, 2011

very very nice photo!! like

Elemér on October 6, 2011

Beautiful photo composed well! L

Elemér

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

زیباست

M.Salih ÖZBUDAK on October 6, 2011

Kadraj içi yerleşim çok güzel Hamed.

SELAMLAR. Salih

Hamed Ansari on October 7, 2011

amoot

MILAD 1

Ali Sharifi

Batool Ghasemlou

بینهایت متشکرم

&ri.co

Elemér

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

BEDRİ AKÇAY

Salih ÖZBUDAK

Nazik yorumunuz için sonsuz teşekkürler.

reza-tj on October 7, 2011

چقدر آثار تاریخی داره

لایک

Вадим Крюков on October 8, 2011

Excellent photo! Greetings from Ukraine. Vadim.

Hamed Ansari on October 8, 2011

reza-tj

بله از این نظر خیلی دیدنیه

Вадим Крюков

Thanks a lot, friend :)

►Berat Qevî Endam on October 8, 2011

Nice

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.

selamlar,nilüfer.

Hamed Ansari on October 11, 2011

►Barāt Qavi-andām

ممنون

marcobalsinha

Thanks a lot :)

Nilüfer

Beğendiğine çok çok sevindim :)

Kao-chan on October 12, 2011

Very nice arhitecture !

LIKE

GREETINGS,Kao

Hamed Ansari on October 14, 2011

Kao-chan

Yes really amazing architecture!

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

Yosarsif مهدی کلهر on October 20, 2011

شات ارزشمند.

ل56

Hamed Ansari on October 20, 2011

Yosarsif

ممنون دوست عزیز

Samar Ouadhani on November 4, 2011

I also like ths one :-) nice!

Hamed Ansari on November 6, 2011

Samar

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

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