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Morocco’s second-largest mosque, built in 857, is one of the world’s oldest universities.
Fes el-Bali | Qayruwan quarters, Fes 30030, Morocco
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In the heart of the Old Medina lies Masjid al Qarawiyyin, dating back to the 9th century it is believed to be the world's oldest university and established by a woman, Fatima al Fihri. It is only open to Muslims and we were fortunate to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank julesem47
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a place I really wanted to see, but unless you can demonstrate that you are a moslem, then you are denied entrance. So even if you are a moslem that doesnt speak arabic or french, then you have no chance. There is no...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Somewhere in the centre of the Old Medina. Part of it is a library that is the oldest public library in Morocco. Manuscripts of great scholars are kept here, like Ibn Khaldoun.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Noseason
Reviewed 31 October 2018

From what we could see from the doorway, it looked very nice. It would have been nicer if we were allowed entry. One of the staff at the tour took our camera and snapped some photos inside the mosque (which was amazing- and we didn't...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TonyD008
Reviewed 21 October 2018

This magnificent Mosque had such beautiful gates. It was not a place to enter but it set the stage in a lovely city.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

we went here as part of our tour and only got to see it from the outside. Would have been great to actually get to go in

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AdrianT-Perh
Reviewed 15 October 2018

The Fes Medina was the most well preserved place I ever seen and is still populated and functional as it was 1000 years ago. This mosque was a very important learning center of this old town.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank paullamar69
Reviewed 11 October 2018

It was established since 859. Place for 20 000 people. Only islam religious people may entry inside, we only see part of inside place from the street.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed the inviting and warm place people could come to relax,socialize and offer thanks. Center fountain open for taking of the waters.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

You can get glimpses through open doors. If you are very polite and your wife is covered they let you go as far as the first step. Also worth hunting views of all the green roofs from terraces of medina restaurants.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lowryepp
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22 February 2015|
Response from torpedo48 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately not: every part of the university is off-limits for non-Muslims.