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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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City wall and gates
Kairouan, Tunisia

The walls right to the west of Bab ech-Chouhada.

Kairouan, Tunisia

The oldest gate of the city walls, the Bab al-Khoukha, which dates back to 1706.

Kairouan, Tunisia

In from the city walls, few buildings lean on the walls. There are occasionally small kiosks built into the wall structure, often used as shops. You can make out the door to one of those on this photo.

The history of Kairouan's city walls date back to 761, but have been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. Today's discontinuing walls are far from as old as they seem, many parts were rebuilt as late as after World War 2. The oldest surviving parts date back to the 18th century, as do the oldest gate.
The best wall parts are around the Bab Chouhada, which also serves as the main entrance to the most popular areas of the medina.
I highly recommend an evening stroll along the walls, when headlights create an effect equal to the best Oriental images of the Muslim city.

By Tore Kjeilen