Interior of Grand Mosque, Kairouan
The Mosque of Uqba (Arabic: جامع عقبة), also known as the Great Mosque of Kairouan (Arabic: جامع القيروان الأكبر), is one of the most important mosques in Tunisia.
The Mosque of Uqba greatly resembles an imposing fortress, a consequence of the 1.9 metre thick stones that were used to build its walls and its ramparts, in addition to its towers and the solid buttresses that support and strengthen the walls. The courtyard is accessible via six lateral doorways and forms a rectangle (approximately 60 metres x 40 metres in size) surrounded by galleries supported by columns made variously of marble, granite or porphyry and which were taken from ancient monuments (primarily from Carthage), as were those in the prayer hall. About the large number of columns, a legend says that it is not possible to count the columns of the Mosque of Uqba without going blind.
Built by Uqba ibn Nafi from 670 A.D. (the year 50 according to the Islamic calendar) at the founding of the city of Kairouan, the mosque is spread over a surface area of 9,000 square metres and is considered as a model for all later mosques in the Maghreb in the western Islamic world. The Great Mosque of Kairouan is certainly one of the biggest sanctuaries in all North Africa with a huge perimeter approximately equal to 415 metres (1,361 feet). This enormous space contains a prayer hall, a large marble-paved courtyard and a massive minaret. The prestigious Mosque of Uqba is universally reputed as a masterpiece of architecture and islamic art.
Under the Aghlabids, the fame of the Mosque of Uqba and of the other holy sites at Kairouan helped the city to develop and repopulate little by little. The university, consisting of scholars who met in the mosque, was a centre of education both in Islamic thought and in the secular sciences. Its role can be compared to that of the University of Paris in the Middle Ages. With the decline of the city, the centre of intellectual thought moved to the University of Ez-Zitouna in Tunis.
The present form of the mosque dates back to the Aghlabid dynasty (with the exception of a few partial restorations and several later additions). Prior to this era, the mosque had been reconstructed several times following the successive invasions of Kairouan. With the exception of the mihrab, no part of the mosque is older than the 9th century.
Shortly after its construction, the mosque was destroyed during the occupation of Kairouan by the Berbers, led at first by Kusaila (around 690). The mosque was reconstructed by the Arab Emir Ben Noman around 10 years later. In light of Kairouan’s growing population, Hichâm ibn Abd al-Malik, the Umayyad Caliph of Damascus, ordered work to be undertaken in the city, which included the destruction of the mosque (with the exception of the mihrab) and its subsequent reconstruction.
Under the Aghlabids, Kairouan was at its apogee and the mosque profited from this period of calm and prosperity. In 836, Ziadet-Allah I reconstructed the mosque once more. In 863, Abou-Ibrahim increased the size of the oratory with the addition of three bays to the north, and added the cupola over the entry. In 875, Ibrahim II constructed another three bays, thereby reducing the size of the courtyard which was further limited on the three other sides by the addition of double galleries. After this date, the mosque did not undergo more than minor changes or restoration work. (Source: Wikipedia & tourismtunisia)
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mauro61 (52623) 2011-01-10 3:01
questi colonnati hanno sempre il loro fascino specialmente se la luce viene trattata nel modo in cui hai fatto tu.
Ottima la resa e la prospettiva,
besnard (51784) 2011-01-10 3:02
Un belle profondeur d'image, des couleurs chaudes. C'est de l'excellent travail.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
JFS (32459) 2011-01-10 3:36
Good day to you George,
Splendid view of the mosque. Great management of th light. Good POV. TFS!
dta (62348) 2011-01-10 3:40
Hello George ,
An excellent view of these beautiful arches . Perspective , framing and exposure sre perfect .
Very fine effect .
jhm (134440) 2011-01-10 3:40
You create wonderful perspective and depth in these picture.
Also colors are pleasant for look at.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect, also real colors.
Wonderful composition, very well done, TFS.
sabermonajati (8823) 2011-01-10 3:44
astonishing archways you captured and color is fascinating.
snunney (78751) 2011-01-10 3:55
A very successful composition making excellent use of the repeating motifs offered by the pillars and the arches. Excellent rendering of tones and textures combined with superb depth.
CLODO (28578) 2011-01-10 3:58
Good perspective with the pillars vertical, and with warm hues .
siudzi (31767) 2011-01-10 4:19
Very beautiful picture from the interior of Grand Mosque in Kairouan. Love the soft light and warm colors inside on the walls. Excellent.
ls7902 (7314) 2011-01-10 4:52
Nice vertical composition of those repeating arches. I like the colors & lighting here. Regards. Latiff.
faletiz (10759) 2011-01-10 4:53
beautiful perspective of arches. Excellent depth and nice warm colors and soft. Very nice POV.
Sergiom (53733) 2011-01-10 5:17
Très belle lumière sous ces arches en enfilade. Les gens dans le fond semble en profiter pour se reposer à l'ombre. Les colonnes n'ont pas toutes la même forme se qui crée un désiquilibre intéressant.
delpeoples (52261) 2011-01-10 5:23
Szia dear Gyorgy
Oooh, a sensational photo. The prespective is superb and you have controlled the difficult light conditions in a most expert manner. I like the vertical frame which accentuates the amazing symmetry and perspective of this great mosque. An extraordinary photo, congratulations.
Kellemes napot kivanok
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-01-10 5:31
Ola George ,
Lindo o interiro desta mesquita com estas colunas e arcos , bela escolha pelo formato vertical deu uma boa sensção de altura e profundidade , bonitos tons de cor , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
timecapturer (44389) 2011-01-10 6:02
love the shapes light and textures in this beautiful perspective. Everything so well balanced and sharp. Excellent work!
kordinator (14831) 2011-01-10 7:13
You create wonderful perspective and depth in these picture.
Color is fascinating.
Elegant job,perfect framed.
Really fantastic job.
vasilpro (40701) 2011-01-10 8:51
Wonderful composition, lovely soft colors, excellent lighting, beautiful arches, interesting architecture details.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
digbymerry (3998) 2011-01-10 10:09
I am used to this type of architecture as we have plenty of it in Andalucia. It is excellent the way you have captured the symmetry and patterns of the arches and the lighting is perfect.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-01-10 10:40
It is an impressive building, one more to honor a hypothetical deity. It is also an image well framed and well exposed. Bravo.
Have a good evening
Schnappilic (9686) 2011-01-10 13:27
Amaizing perspective of this mosque with interesting note. Excellent POV. TFS!
ifege (9967) 2011-01-10 23:14
A great interior photo of a great looking mosque George making good use of the available light.
jjcordier (72602) 2011-01-10 23:16
Superbe perspective! Tu as exploité au mieux la richesse architecturale de cette splendide et célèbre mosquée. La gestion de la lumière est parfaite et les couleurs très belles.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2011-01-11 0:44
Amazing architecture, wonderful place, superb arches and columns.
Nice lightness and brightness, very nice colours.
Good vertical composition. Perfect POV anbd DOF.
Well done! Kellemes estét kívánok!
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-01-11 1:37
beautiful view from inside the Great Mosque of Kairouan.
Good perspective of the columns, that create great depth of field.
I made a post at the same place in:
I have very good impressions of my trip to Tunisia.
dkmurphys (45827) 2011-01-11 2:00
Beautiful arcade composition, a fine picturesque place. Nice colors and sunlight. Well seen, have a good day.
amaryllis (33426) 2011-01-11 5:20
un superbe cadarge sur l'intérieur de cette mosquée avec ces colonnes qui s'élèvent, une lumière tamisée presque qui fait ressortir cette belle architecture et une belle perspective
siamesa (27703) 2011-01-11 7:59
Boa tarde George
Fantastic picture. The perspective is superb and the photo has a very high quality. No surprise because your photos have always high quality. Congratulations.
pablominto (53744) 2011-01-11 9:27
Great repetition effect in the columns!
I like the point of view allowing for different light intensity, resulting in bright parts contrasting shady ones...
The architectural details are well recorded, with impeccable sharpness!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-06
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-10 3:00