The Great Mosque
The Great Mosque stands majestically in the centre of Hammamet. The sheer size and history behind it is what makes it special. This religious centre, built by Turks and Moors, is thought to date back to the 15th century, and is a typical example of Turkish architecture. Hammamet has since become an important cultural, religious and scientific centre in North Africa.
The mosque’s surrounding white walls are steeped in history. This spectacular rectangular building, located in the heart of the city, was restored to its former glory in 1972. The internal courtyard is built from columns and pillars excavated from other Roman sites. The neighbouring residence is the Sidi Abdel Kader Mosque, built in 1798, which now serves as an Islamic school.
A Grand Exterior
When visiting the mosque, remember to cover up suitably as it is a place of worship. Only Muslims are allowed to enter the mosque, but although you may not get to experience its beautiful interior, you can appreciate its grandeur from the outside. The sandy-coloured bell tower is located next to the Mosque and rings out several times a day across the city. Although in the daytime the photo opportunities are endless, return after dark to experience the mosque’s luminous beauty.
Join a guided tour to learn more about the incredible story of this historic place of worship, which has remained unchanged since the 15th century. The Grand Mosque is located 13km from the Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Hammamet, and can be reached by public transport. Friendly hotel staff can help tell you how to get to this and other cultural attractions, such as the George Sebastian Villa.