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Monastir



Monastir
Introduction

1. Bourguiba's mausoleum

2. Ribat of cinema-Christ

3. The slick medina

4. Around the museum

5. The beach

6. The big mosques

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MONASTIR
The big mosques
Monastir, Tunisia

This is the main mosque of Monastir, which is totally dwarfed as it is placed next to the ribat. It was built in the 9th century, and rebuilt in the 11th.

Monastir, Tunisia

And this is the Bourguiba mosque from 1963. Despite its young age, it was built according to traditional patterns. Teak doors were built by craftsmen from Kairouan, and the prayer hall has 86 pink marble pillars holding up the vault. Underneath, there is space for up to 1,000 faithful at one time.




By Tore Kjeilen