Situated in the center of Tunisia most fertile land Located in the center of Tunisia in a plain between the Mediterranean shores and the Mountains, Kairouan is the most ancient Arabo-Muslim base of North Africa (670 AD) and one of its principal venerated cities. The capital of Ifriqiya for five centuries, it was a place of outstanding learning center of diffusion of Arabo-Muslim civilization. Kairouan bears unique witness to the first centuries of this Islamic civilization and its architectural and urban development. The inscribed site is a serial property that includes the medina (Old City) and its neighborhoods, the water reservation Basins of the Aghlabids and the Zawiya of Sidi Sahib. The medina (54 ha) and its suburbs (20 ha) are an urban ensemble presenting all the components of an Arabo-Muslim town.
The medina comprises juxtaposed dwellings divided into quarters separated by medieval blind alleys, narrow and winding streets; as most of the Islamic capitals, a fortifying wall will serve to protect the city from intruders. Kairouan ramparts extend over more than three kilometers. The medina contains some remarkable monuments including the Great Mosque, an architectural masterpiece that served as a model for several other Maghreban mosques, the Mosque of the Three Doors that represents the most ancient existent sculpted facade of Muslim art. The Basins of the Aghlabids, an 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. Join our group tour or contact us for a Tunisia customized tour