Youssef Dey Mosque

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Youssef Dey Mosque

Youssef Dey Mosque, also known as Al B'chamqiya, is a mosque in Tunis, Tunisia, located in Medina area of the city. The mosque is considered significant as it was the first Ottoman-Turkish mosque to be built in Tunis.[1]

An official Historical Monument, it operated primarily as public speaking venue before becoming a real mosque by Youssef Dey in 1631. At the time it was the 11th mosque to be built in the capital. In the late nineteenth century it underwent extensive restoration, ordered by Ali Bey. A decree in 1926 saw the mosque become an annex of the University of Ez-Zitouna.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Houtsma, M. Th. (1993). E. J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936, Volume 5. BRILL. p. 384. ISBN 9004097910. 
  2. ^ "Lieux de culte Municipalité de Tunis" (in French). Government of Tunis. Archived from the original on August 11, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 

Coordinates: 36°47′49″N 10°10′10″E / 36.79694°N 10.16944°E / 36.79694; 10.16944