Great Mosque of Sousse - Sousse, Tunisia
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Becktracker
N 35° 49.613 E 010° 38.384
32S E 648114 N 3965988
Quick Description: A very old (9th century) mosque in the centre of Sousse
Location: Tunisia
Date Posted: 1/2/2021 5:18:01 AM
Waymark Code: WM13KPQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
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Long Description:
from wikipedia:

The Great Mosque of Sousse is a historical mosque in the coastal city of Sousse, Tunisia. The construction dates back to 851 during the rule of Aghlabid Dynasty, a vassal of the Abbasid Caliphate, and it was commissioned by amir Abu al-‘Abbas Muhammad al-Aghlabi. The mosque was renovated and improved several times during the 10th and 17th centuries. It is adjacent to the ribat, which influenced the mosque's fortified appearance with a wall with balconies and barges overlooking the beach where it could attack raiders from behind. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site Medina of Sousse.

Architecture
The mosque consists of a prayer hall and a sahn. The prayer hall is quadrilateral shaped and adorns two domes in the middle and a mihrab in the center wall. Dome of the mosque is one of the few domes to be built in front of the mihrab during the Umayyad and Abbasid periods, the others being Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem (705) and the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus (715). The mihrab dates back to the Zirid period, judging by the style of its decorations and Kufic inscriptions. There's also a Kufic inscription above the facade mentioning the name of Mudam, a freed slave of the amir, who supervised the construction and acted as a master-builder. The mosque has no minaret thus adhan was conducted from the domed kiosk on the northeast corner, accessible from the sahn.
Type: Current mosque

Address:
Rue Othmane Osmane Sousse Tunisia


Website reference (required if no minaret or 2nd photo): [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:

Posting a photo of your visit is strongly encouraged but not required. There is NO requirement that you enter inside the mosque as some mosques may not allow this. Please refrain from taking pictures inside the mosque if it is not permitted by the management and generally have respect for the reliqious nature of the site.
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