To learn more about the world of Djerba mosques, the best thing to do is visit one of them: the Fadhloun mosque. You will find there all the explanations about this monument, which was way more than a simple place for prayers.
Right as you step from the entrance, a long Djerban outfit will be lent to you – for both men and women – to wear on top of your clothes to show your respect for the site.
Topped with three white domes, the ablutions room includes a small separate “shower box”.
The mosque strictly speaking was built in the 14th century. It is surrounded by a courtyard. For praying during intense heat, two areas with a “mihrab” are provided outside.
The mosque is low-built and reinforced by buttresses: it belonged to a set of mosques which protected the populations in case of an enemy attack.
Originally, the small minaret was not used for the call for prayer, but as a watchtower and sending light signals.
Guards could climb the outside wall of the mosque and position themselves on the roof.
In front of the mosque, multiple arched rooms: a school, a bread oven, rooms to grind grain and stock it: the mosque acted as a bakery for the local community.
Outside, a great whitewashed esplanade: it is still used to collect rainwater, which is stocked below, in a tank.
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