About Sousse Great Mosque

The Great Mosque is a must-see historical place in  Sousse. It looks more like a fortress than a mosque. Originally, the building had a defensive role, protecting the port along with the nearby Ribat. Its courtyard dates back to the 9th century, but the arcaded portico dates to the 17th century. The mosque is not open to the public but the prayer hall can be glimpsed through the open doors. The prayer room is surmounted by two cupolas with shells. The roofing is supported by masonry pillars and its Maghreb oriented towards Mecca, is richly decorated. It is believed that if you visit the mosque three orfour times, it will be like visiting Mecca.  

Must See

  • Second most ancient mosque in north Africa after Kairouan Grand Mosque.
  • Fortified a crenelated surrounding, ornate detailed architecture.
  • 3-4 visits to this place are considered equal to a visit to Mecca.
  • The massive appearance of building reminiscent of the architecture of ribāts.
  • Its porticos with arcades date back to the 17th century. 
  • The prayer room surmounted by two cupolas with shells and supported by masonry pillars is richly decorated.
  • The 11th-century archaeological museum, Ribat, and Catacombs are the main nearby attractions.

How to reach

Take the light rail as it connects central Sousse by the Medina (4 Station Sousse Bab Jdid) to Mahdia via Monastir. It stops along the way in various neighbourhoods in southern Sousse and the Monastir MIR IATA airport. Public transport buses run every 30 minutes from the city centre to the Medina. Of course, hiring a taxi is the easiest and quickest mode to reach the destination. 


  • The mosque is not open to the public. The prayer hall can be glimpsed through the open doors.
  • Plan a combo trip to Sousse Archaeological Museum, Tower of the Ribat, and Dar Essid Museum, all located in the Medina.
  • Walking and strolling around will be a great experience.
  • The Mosque is a sacred Muslim building, so you need to be aware of its sanctity.
  • Medina complex, where this mosque is located, is the best place to buy souvenirs.

Visit Time

From September 16 to June 16 and from 18 July to 15 September

Day                                      Opening                  Closing

Sunday                                  8am                     2pm

Monday                                8am                     2pm

Tuesady                              8am                     2pm

Wednesday                        8am                     2pm

Thursday                           8am                     2pm 

Friday                               8am                     2pm

Saturday                         8am                     2pm

From June 17 to July 17 (Holy month of Ramadan) : 8am to 3pm 

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2 to 5 minutes to buy the ticket


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Entrance Fee


5 DT (Tunisian Dinar) for entry

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Suggested time is 1 to 2 hours


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