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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hossein mousavi on September 23, 2011


Hamed Ansari on September 23, 2011

j@v@d fathi

Samad Talebpour

سيد حسين موسوي

بینهایت ممنون


~Chis Bogdan~

Thanks a lot, dear friends :)

Mihály Mondovics on September 23, 2011

Very beautiful presentation! Like Best wishes, Misi

Maziyar Heydari on September 23, 2011

واقعا معماری جالبی داره لایک

Oram Mirzaee on September 23, 2011

اولا که پسره خودتی

دوما منم خوبم

سوما قشنگ شده اینم لایکش

چهارما همش این مسجدو اینارو نذار از اونا هم نذار

تونسو دیگه میشناسیم که جوووون


Hamed Ansari on September 23, 2011


Thank you so much ;)

Maziyar Heydari

ممنون دوست عزیز


اولا که پسره خودمم

دوما که خوشحالم خوبی

سوما چیشات قشنگ میبینه

چهارما که گربه هه رو گذاشته بودم که تنوع بشه دیگه

پنجما من برخلاف اونایی که از مسجد و از مدرسه بیزار شده بود، عاشق مسجد و مدرسه م بخصوص مدرسه


kioumars manafi on September 23, 2011

خیلی زیباست

Hadi Natureboy (Saba… on September 24, 2011

قشنگ شده


mehdi torabi on September 24, 2011

خیلی عالی


Oram Mirzaee on September 24, 2011

وقت کردی بخواب

Deodato Lourenḉo on September 24, 2011


A beautiful photo and composition!

Like #24

Hamed Ansari on September 24, 2011

kioumars manafi


mehdi torabi

ممنون رفقا


باشه، رفتم

شب بخیر



Thank you, friend :)

naveen sharma on September 24, 2011

Beautiful shot of great excel like,chjeers navsha

khoi tranduc on September 24, 2011

Very nice photo! Like!

Mohsen Torabi on September 24, 2011

بسيار زيبا


javad aleali on September 24, 2011

خیلی قشنگ شده


Hamed Ansari on September 24, 2011

Naveen sharma


Thanks for your kind words :)

Mohsen Torabi

javad Ale ali

خیلی متشکرم از محبتتون

Oram Mirzaee on September 24, 2011

نه مثل اینکه تونس بد خوابت کردن

Hamed Ansari on September 24, 2011




Oram Mirzaee on September 24, 2011

قرتی هم شدی

باز کن اون چیشو


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