Early period


The Great Mosque of Kairouan
Kairouan was an important early Islamic city in north Africa. Marble and porphyry columns flank its Great Mosque.

Kairouan (from UNESCO)


Mosque of Kairouan thumb
Used for Friday prayer, this mosque stood at the center of Kairouan’s commercial, educational, and religious life.

The Great Mosque of Kairouan


The Great Mosque of Cordoba
Recycled Roman columns fill the prayer hall of this dazzling mosque, one of the oldest built in Islamic Spain.

The Great Mosque of Cordoba