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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

Charming 3 star Hotel Splendid, which has nice, friendly rooms at a reasonable price.

Hotels and alternatives
Everything from basic to 4 star. Value of money is good, and through most of the year, finding a room is very easy.
How hot Kairouan can be may be illustrated with the accommodation section in Lonely Planet. Usually, LP is extremely reliable for hotels, but for Kairouan about everything they write is wrong. They come out calling Hotel Splendid run down and with a "surly staff". Which is totally wrong! And the Menema comes "highly recommended!", despite being dull, overpriced and with a bad location.

Restaurants and alternatives
Similar to the hotel situation, Kairouan offers most standards, and everything at friendly prices. Plenty of eateries to choose from.

Night life in Kairouan is travel oriented: Many people pass through Kairouan during night, and demand a place to eat and drink soda water or coffee.
In some of the better hotels, you'll find bars, but these places can be dull and half empty.

Change Money
No problems. Banks, ATMs and exchange service in the receptions in the better hotels. Many shopkeepers will accept to be paid by VISA or MasterCard, provided that you buy above 10-15 dinars.

Excellent, except that there can be some distance between different stations.

Kairouan can get very hot during summer, and visitors to the city at this season should take necessary precautions.

By Tore Kjeilen