Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 7–16 | Cite as

The Use of the Golden Section in the Great Mosque at Kairouan

  • Kenza Boussora
  • Said Mazouz
Research Articles


The geometrical analysis conducted reveals very clearly a consistent application of the golden section. The geometric technique of construction of the golden section seems to have determined the major decisions of the spatial organisation. The golden section appears repeatedly in some part of the building measurements. It is found in the overall proportion of the plan and in the dimensioning of the prayer space, the court and the minaret. The existence of the golden section in some parts of Kairouan mosque indicates that the elements designed and generated with this principle may have been realised at the same period. This suggests and opens the possibility for further inquiry into the dating of the transformations that took place in this mosque. Authors Kenza Boussora and Said Mazouz examine earlier archaeological theories about the mosque, demonstrate the geometric constructions for the golden section, and apply these constructions to the plan of the mosque to test their hypothesis.


Spatial Organisation Major Decision Geometrical Analysis Geometric Construction Golden Section 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chargé de cours Institut d’ArchitectureUniversité Mohamed Kidher BiskraBiskraAlgeria
  2. 2.Département d’architectureUniversité Mohamed Khider de BiskraBiskraAlgeria

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