Witness Living History at Quaraouiyine Mosque
Arguably the city’s most famous building, Quaraouiyine Mosque is home to the University of Al-Quaraouiyine. Founded in 859, it is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously functioning university, and remains a vitally important center of Islamic learning. The mosque is also one of the largest centers of worship in Africa, and can accommodate up to 20,000 people during prayer time. The mosque and the university are out of bounds for non-Muslims, but the library was opened to the public in 2016. It is one of the oldest surviving libraries in the world, and includes amongst its tomes a 9th-century Qur’an. Catch a glimpse of the mosque’s courtyard through the main door.