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Medina of Kairouan

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Address: Rue Bouhaha | Houmet Jemmaa la medina de Kairouan, Kairouan 3100, Tunisia
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Tourists appreciate the leatherwork and other crafts available in this...

Tourists appreciate the leatherwork and other crafts available in this ancient city’s old quarter (medina).

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Complex Mausoleum of Abu Zama'a Al-Balawi

Abu Zama'a Al-Balawi was killed in the battle with native Barber in 654 AD and his body was burried here, the original mausoleum was very simple. This complex was renovated in the... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Abu Zama'a Al-Balawi was killed in the battle with native Barber in 654 AD and his body was burried here, the original mausoleum was very simple. This complex was renovated in the 17 century AD, its consist of 3 components - mausoleum, medrasa and guest house. The interior decoration is very very beautiful, influence by Andalusian and Ottoman architecture. Its... More 

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The world is my oyster
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Just wander around in the maze of little alleys, with photo opportunities on every corner, but avoid the "instant best friend" touts and the souvenir stores, where you're sure to get fleeced. You do need some tolerance towards garbage and decay, though, to enjoy it.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

See my review in Great Mosque of Kairaouan. A must see/rediscover place for hidden gems eplorers and culture lovers

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

The medina of Kairouan hosts the original arabic architecture since kairouan is the first islamic town in north africa. A lot of history and typical arabic architecture. Clean and tide, it shiws the strength of the arabic history, culture and knowledge.

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Carthage, Tunisia
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

A visit to kairouan is a a journey in time back to the 7th Century, when Islam was expanding miracleously over the roman and the persian empires . Kairouan gave muslims a strategical step in Africa between the Byzantines on the mediterranean coasts and the native Berbers in the mountains, during the following centuries this city became of centre of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

We visited the Medina around 6:00pm when it was a little cooler and a little quieter. There were still lots of people around - mostly local and only a few tourists. We were not hassled. Instead we enjoyed the beautiful architecture and contrasting white walls and bright blue doors and windows. We bought some lovely fabric from a shop next... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Beautiful streets, beautiful doors, my favourite medina compared with the one in Sousse, Hammamet and Tunis. It is the most authentic one. Get lost! This is how you enjoy it the best.

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Reviewed 2 March 2016

Ancient medina with the most fabulous pastry shop anywhere - it is painted green and it is simply wonderful. The medina has wool sellers, weavers, traditional clothes makers, restaurants and more. Beware that some people run a scam to take you to places where they get a commission, just be firm and tell them to go away. It is a... More 

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Reviewed 31 December 2015

Fourth in the sanctity of the city for Muslims, has the oldest mosque in North Africa and also the oldest minaret in the world. It has a large medina. After the founding of the seventh century, becoming one of the most important centers of Islamic learning, especially for the study of the Koran. Soon attracts a large number of Muslims... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 29 October 2015

One of the more traditional places in Tunisia, but still quite reachable from the tourist centres. Probably the best place to buy carpets.

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