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Address: Rue Bouhaha | Houmet Jemmaa la medina de Kairouan, Kairouan 3100, Tunisia

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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Kairouan , historical capital of Islam in North Africa

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
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Carthage, Tunisia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

This place is amazing. The Architecture, the colors, the smells. Really felt like a holy middle eastern place.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

There is a very beautiful governor house in kairouan. It's so amazing to have a look. There are professional women who are weaving the carpets inside of the house. You can buy the carpet which is one metre square and above and order for tailor made too. You must see this.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

Kairouan is very nice to visit by walk. People are welcoming and the medina is beautiful. They were doing a lot of road works so you had to be careful where you were walking. Also it was a bit dirty sometimes but ok. No bad smell. Nice visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

If you have a chance to walk around the Kairouan medina, please do. There will likely be a guide that will approach you to give you a "tour"---it is worth having them take you around. They will take you to shops to buy items, but will also take you to the tops of shops and other building for a 360... More 

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