The Great Mosque, Tunis
Simply a must once in Tunis, walk trough the Medina and have a visit of all the Mosque that has been build in this part of the city.
The walk itself is already pretty interesting, but what will take your attention, will be definitely the
WHITE colour that you will find everywhere in ever building, in every street and so on…
It gives you such a quietness…is a relaxing way to get in touch with this part of the city…
….Better then to start from the market!
After paying of a small fee (2TD) you are able to enter the country yard of the Great Mosque.
The mosque is also known as Zitouna, meaning "olive tree", because its founder (Obeid Allah Ibn ab-Habhab) tought Koran under an olive tree.
The mosque was found 734, and totally rebuilt the 9th century (861-866) by the architect Fath with funds from Abbasid Caliph al-Mustansir.
Though the minaret is quite new - it was built in 19th after the model of Kasbah mosque and is situated on the corner, not in the centre.
The Great Mosque or "Jemaa ez Zitouna" is the largest mosque in Tunis and is over 1000 years old. I read that its name translates into "Mosque of the Olive Tree" and its library contains one of the world's largest collections of Arab literature.