The Great Mosque of Kairouan

The Great Mosque of Kairouan, aquatint, 2007

The Great Mosque of Kairouan, aquatint, 49cm x 39cm, 2007

Kairouan’s Great Mosque of Sidi-Uqba is the holiest and oldest mosque in North Africa. Seven visits here are said to be equivalent to one visit to Mecca. Curiously, though, the place has a cosmopolitan feeling to it, probably because of its 414 Roman and Byzantine pillars, salvaged from Carthage and Sousse.

ケルアンのシディ・ウクバ・モスクは北アフリカで最も古く、最も神聖なモスク。ここに7回お参りすれば、メッカに1回行ったことになるという。そんなに由緒あるイスラム教建築なのに、不思議とコスモポリタン的な雰囲気があるのは、カルタゴやスースから運ばれた、414本にものぼるローマ風やビザンチン風の柱のせいだろうか。

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