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Ez-Zituna Mosque

Ez-Zituna Mosque

Ez-Zituna Mosque

Ez-Zituna Mosque (Rue Jamaa Ezzitouna, Tunis) — the mosque is at the heart of the city of Tunis, the core around which the city such as we know it today has developed. It is said that originally the site was occupied by the retreat of a Christian monk and that nearby there was an olive tree, hence the name of the sanctuary: jemaa ez Zitouna or the mosque of the olive tree. Its foundation is dated precisely to the year 732 AD, but the mosque was rebuilt in the 9th century. Since, it underwent several modifications, each dynasty seeking to improve the appearance or the functionality of what some consider to be the first Islamic university. The last work dates to the 19th century with the remodeling of the minaret, which stands 44 meters high. Admission: 8 Dt.