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1. The famous great mosque

2. World's oldest minaret

3. Minaret details

4. Prayer hall

5. Mosque details

6. Gates and exterior

7. Cemetary of Ouled Farhane

8. Zaouia Sidi el Ghariani

9. Bi'r Barouta

10. Mosque of the three doors

11. City wall and gates

12. Zaouia of Sidi Sahab

13. Zaouia of Sidi Amor Abbada

14. Aghlabid pools

15. Around town

16. Shopping streets

17. At night


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Mosque details
Kairouan, Tunisia

It looks like a minbar, but at the top there is a sundial.

Kairouan, Tunisia

The actual sundial.

Kairouan, Tunisia

Koranic inscription on one of the columns, right in from the main entrance.

With its simplicity, the detail of the Great Mosque becomes quite effective. In the courtyard there are a number of objects which seems like they were randomly placed there during an excavation or something.
But in fact, it is a question of 4 wellheads, looking like the base of Roman columns, a drain and a minbar-like sundial.
There is a second sundial on the eastern colonnade, which was used in afternoons.
Kairouan, Tunisia

Drain in the middle of the courtyard, used to collect rainwater which was preserved in underground cisterns. Note what looks like useless decorations around the hole. It is really made to remove dust from the water before reaching the hole.

By Tore Kjeilen