Kairouan flourished under the Aghlabid dynasty in the 9th century and founded in 670. Kairouan bears unique witness to the first centuries of this civilization and its architectural and urban development.
Despite the transfer of the political capital to Tunis in the 12th century, Kairouan remained the Maghreb’s principal holy city.
The medina and its suburbs are an urban ensemble presenting all the components of an Arabo-Muslim town. The medina comprises juxtaposed dwellings divided into quarters separated by narrow and winding streets, it is surrounded by ramparts that extend over more than 3 km.
The Great Mosque
Rebuilt in the 9th century, is not only one of the major monuments of Islam but also a universal architectural masterpiece.
She is served as a model for several Maghreban mosques, particularly for its decorative motifs, which are unique. Moreover, the Mosque of the Three Doors, built in 866AD, is the oldest known Islamic mosque with a sculpted facade.
The Basins of the Aghlabids
The open-air reservoir formed by two communicating cisterns that date back to the 9th century, constitute one of the most beautiful hydraulic ensembles conceived to provide water to the town.
Located about 127 km south of Tunis.
The closest airport in Tunisia is Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport in a distance of 60 km.