Kairouan – an ancient city of peace and grandeur

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Situated in the heart of Tunisia is the most ancient city of the Maghreb – the holy city of Kairouan. The city has witnessed many historic moments in Islam and continues to receive travellers and pilgrims today.

Great Mosque of Kairouan
Great Mosque of Kairouan | Image Credit: Ed Kirby, Courtyard of the Great Mosque of Kairouan – cour de la Grande Mosquée de Kairouan, CC BY-SA 2.0

It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site

Founded in 670AD, Kairouan flourished during the 12th century, becoming a centre for Islamic teachings. Its history and grand architectural heritage which includes sites like the Mosque of the Three Gates secured its position as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It’s a place for pilgrimage

One of the four holiest sites in Islam. Pilgrims from around the globe visit the city and its Islamic centres which are open to outsiders. In fact, a pilgrimage to Kairouan is said to be as important as a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Transport to the city

There’s no direct flight or train to the city. However, you can travel there by bus or ‘louage’ a shared minibus in Tunisia. If you’re staying at one of the Tunisia resorts that are within driving distance, like The Residence Tunis by Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts, try and hire a car for the day. It’ll be more comfortable and less of a hassle.

Don’t miss out of these landmarks

There’s so much to see and experience in the city but some of the must-sees are the Medina, The Great Mosque and The Mosque of the Three Doors.

Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler. Google+

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