Medina of Kairouan, Kairouan

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Tour the ancient living World Heritage Site of Medina of Kairouan, a vibrant and compact urban core founded by Arabs in 670. Considered the fourth holiest site in Islam after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem, the site houses one of the oldest mosques in the Islamic world, built in the 7th century with marble and porphyry columns. See large water tanks and bustling souk, and explore narrow maze-like alleys within the walls. The site flourished under the Aghlabid dynasty in the 9th century. Kairouan has some fine examples of 9th-century Andalusian architecture; the city remained the Maghreb's principal holy city despite the transfer of political power to Tunis in the 12th century. Our Kairouan trip builder app makes visiting Medina of Kairouan and other Kairouan attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The Kairouan medina is one of the most preserved and authentic. We get lost in its alleys, we succumb to local pastries, especially the makroudh segni, the specialty of the city, we haggle at the souk, and we discover by chance its treasures, such as the mysterious well Bir Barrouta and the small mosque of the Three Doors, without forget the splendid bey's house.
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  • We were surprised, we went in principle with the idea of visiting only the famous Mosque in this city and we found a beautiful village and very authentic Tunisian. We have loved its streets, its doors, its shops, the friendliness of its people. Thanks to the way we went with a guide who spoke Spanish we were able to enjoy much more of every corner of the medina and its history. I highly recommend visiting this city.
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