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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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Zaouia of Sidi Sahab

Kairouan, Tunisia

This zawiyya is claimed to house the tomb of one of the prophet's companions, a sahab, named Abu Zama al-Belaoui. It is also called Mosque of the Barber, as he was known for always carrying with him 3 hairs of Muhammad.
On the photo to the left, you see the original mausoleum, dating back to the 7th century. It is certainly something else, with its Jerba-like minaret-on-a-dome finish.
The rest of the complex is far much younger, built a 1000 years later. It contains a number of courtyards, a madrasa, a mosque and a funduq (for pilgrims.

Kairouan, Tunisia

Kairouan, Tunisia

It is quite a strange structure, you really never get a realistic impression of its dimensions. From the outside it really looks huge, from the inside you will start looking for that large room or courtyard, but all you find are small rooms and courtyards.
The most sacred is the grave of Sidi Sahab, which cannot be entered by non-Muslims. But really, what you see from the outside is more than enough, the doors are wide open.

By Tore Kjeilen