Great Mosque of Testour, Tastur

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The Great Mosque of Testour (Arabic: الجامع الكبير بتستور) is a mosque located in the city of Testour in Beja Governorate, Tunisia. It is 76 km from the capital Tunis, in the center of the old city. It embodies the Andalusian architecture, especially its minaret, which features Andalusian style inscriptions and architectural elements. The height of the minaret is 23 meters and it is an octagonal shape. The facade of the minaret are opened with small double windows decorated with glazed inscriptions and a mechanical clock at the top. Its appearance is resembling the Aragonese bell towers in southern Spain. The prayer hall, in addition to the sahn located in the center of the mosque, can accommodate up to 1000 worshipers. The construction of the mosque used limestone, Spanish sand and marble in addition to colored porcelain and tiles used in the construction of the mihrab. The mosque dates back to 1631, and its patron is Muhammad Tigharinu an immigrant of Andalusian origin who settled at Testour in 1609.
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  • This mosque is unique blend of local, Moorish and Mudejar architecture and decoration. The minaret is octagonal and richly decorated and with two Stars of David, as the Jewish community which fled....  more
    This mosque is unique blend of local, Moorish and Mudejar architecture and decoration. The minaret is octagonal and richly decorated and with two Stars of David, as the Jewish community which fled....  more »
  • Non-Muslims can not enter the mosque itself, only the courtyard. However the minaret, which you can see from there is rather unusual. It has a clock that runs counterclockwise on one side AND two... 
    Non-Muslims can not enter the mosque itself, only the courtyard. However the minaret, which you can see from there is rather unusual. It has a clock that runs counterclockwise on one side AND two...  more »
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  • A very fine example of Tunisia's Andalusia heritage. The minaret has many details that tell us about the history of the people and the region.
  • It is not a historical place decorated in the guise of civilization, what distinguishes it from the existing clock that rotates physics counterclockwise for reasons that are not confirmed, which may be the nostalgia of Andalusians to return to their time.

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