The Great Mosque, Tunis

17 April 2006
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5 April 2006 – The Zitouna
We spent today in Tunis.  First stop was The Zitouna (or Great Mosque) in the middle of the medina.  As non-musilims we were only allowed to view the mosque from a railed off viewing area.  Even so the archetecture was still very impressive.  The couple in the picture are two athropologists from Ireland who were also visiting Tunis and the mosque.

The name Zitouna, means “olive tree” and the mosque is believed to have aquired this name from an olive tree that one grew in the courtyard.