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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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Kairouan, Tunisia

Kairouan, Tunisia

Kairouan, Tunisia

Kairouan has seen quite a bit of white paint and chalk in recent years, the whole medina looked so much nicer in 2005 than it did when I visited it in 1996. On a whole I have no hesitation in suggesting that a slow walk around the area is a must for visitors to Kairouan.
And it is easy to fit into you schedule too. Walk between anywhere on Avenue 7 Novembre (shopping area) and the Great Mosque, and you will see life styles of old days in a fresh and attractive wrapping.
Look out for the many religious buildings, most can easily be located by their domes.
Woodwork details can be quite excellent many places, too, but in general it is the simplicity that really makes Kairouan so nice.
Along the route between the shopping quarters and the Great Mosque, there are some important religious buildings. The Zaouia Sidi el Ghariani is so beautiful that it has been used many times as for signature photos for Tunisia, while the Mosque of the three doors is noted for, yes, exactly, its three doors.
Kairouan, Tunisia

By Tore Kjeilen