The Mosque of the Three Doors or Three Gates Mosque is another important stop for pilgrims besides the Great Mosque in Kairouan, Tunisia. Its beautiful exterior makes it a worthwhile detour for non-Muslim visitors as well.
History of Three Doors Mosque
The mosque was founded in 866 AD by Mohammad bin Kairoun el-Maafri, a holy man from Cordoba, and it became a center for one of the Muslim religious brotherhoods that have dominated Islam in Tunisia.
What to See at Three Doors Mosque
The interior is closed to non-Muslims, but the main feature anyway is the elaborate façade with its strong Andalusian influences. The mosque's three arched doorways are topped by intricate friezes of Kufic script, two of which name the mosque's founder, interspersed with floral reliefs and crowned with a carved cornice.
Quick Facts on Three Doors Mosque
|Names:||Mosque of the Three Doors · Mosquee des Trois Portes · Three Doors Mosque · Three Gates Mosque|
|Categories:||mosques; World Heritage Sites|
|Visitor and Contact Information|
|Coordinates:||35.677655° N, 10.102975° E|
|Address:||Rue de la Mosquée des Trois Portes|
|Hours:||No entry for non-Muslims.|
|Lodging:||View hotels near Three Doors Mosque|
- Lonely Planet Tunisia
- Mosque of the Three Doors - Planetware (Baedecker)
Map of Three Doors Mosque, Kairouan
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