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In a small city in the midst of
The original were destroyed but a new and bigger mosque was created in the ninth century. According to some the 7 pilgrimages’ to this mosque will equal one to Mecca - some claim this is nonsense and no pilgrimage to here or anywhere else can replace the pilgrimage to Mecca. Just in case I have now put one down.
The mosque is really impressive.
After the big mosque I head to one of the other famous sights of the city - The mausoleum of Abu Zama el-Belaoui who was a companion of the prophet Mohamed. He used to carry three hairs of the prophet and hence he was known as the barber. When you see the riches of this place you can’t help but wonder if you should have chosen a different profession as a barber instead of what you are currently doing. Maybe the wealth of Abu Zama is part of the reason why so many people seem to work as barbers around
The oldest parts of the mausoleum are from the 7th century but most of it is a thousand year younger. Today it is a huge complex with many big rooms with beautiful decorations on the walls and the roof. The walls are all covered by tiles which are put up in different patterns - the roof is detailed made up of by plaster.
The centre pieces of the mausoleum are naturally the tomb but this is holy ground and there is no way they will let an infidel like me into this area - so I will have to glance inside with the other infidels’.