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Aghlabid pools
Kairouan, Tunisia

Kairouan, Tunisia

The two western-most pools. You can just about see the smaller one, right above the tree.

There are today two ways of visiting the Aghlabid pools, either by the tourist centre or the western gate leading into the park.
From the tourist centre there is no gate into the park itself, all that is on offer are views from atop the building (see top photo). There are two reasons for this: from up here it is possible to get good views and photos, and you don't get to see how filthy the pools have become. Things were much cleaner before the tourist centre was opened.
Forget all that, though, and try to get a touch of the history behind the pools. The construction is a 9th century achievement, and was used as exactly what it looks like, a water reservoir. Water came from the hills 35 km west of Kairouan, delivered here by aqueduct.
The largest pool is 128 in diametre and 5 metres deep. The structure in its middle are the remains of a pavilion used by the elite of Kairouan to relax on summer evenings.
Kairouan, Tunisia

The eastern-most pools, which are the least attractive and also considerably smaller. But at least here my camera's (not-so-) wide angle managed get it all into one photo.

By Tore Kjeilen