Kairouan

  • The charm and authenticity of Kairouan is evident in the architecture of its traditional houses.
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  • Like the city of Kairouan, the Great Mosque was classified a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
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  • The charm and authenticity of Kairouan is displayed in the architecture of its traditional houses.
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  • Lined with traditional houses with white façades, the streets of Kairouan offer a splendid setting for a walk.
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  • An architectural masterpiece, the Great Mosque was the inspiration behind many other mosques in the region.
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  • Most of the traditional houses have an interior courtyard where plenty of family activities take place.
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  • Lying in the heart of the country, Kairouan has kept its atmosphere of a traditional city, and above all, hosts Tunisia's oldest mosque. Founded at the end of the 7th century, it is especially renowned for its prayer hall adorned with dozens of marble pillars. Do not be surprised if the materials used differ from one pillar to the next, as they were taken from former Roman sites! Also stop for a while ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Tunisia

Lying in the heart of the country, Kairouan has kept its atmosphere of a traditional city, and above all, hosts Tunisia's oldest mosque. Founded at the end of the 7th century, it is especially renowned for its prayer hall adorned with dozens of marble pillars. Do not be surprised if the materials used differ from one pillar to the next, as they were taken from former Roman sites! Also stop for a while in the Souk. The medina unfolds as it would have done in the past with vaulted passageways housing porches, courtyards and mysterious silhouettes of women shrouded in veils. Another attraction is the Barouta Well in a 17th century building, it is claimed to be linked to Mecca via underground streams and rivers. A blindfolded camel decorated with multicoloured scarves is busy drawing water by turning a noria.

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