Lying just one hour away from Sousse, Kairouan is Tunisia's spiritual capital. It is considered as the fourth holiest city in Islam after Mecca, Al Madina and Al Quds (Jerusalem). Kairouan was elected Islamic Cultural Capital of the World for 2009.
Under the rule of the Aghlabids, Kairouan was embellished and turned into a real city. It was modern, with a university as the centre of education in which both Islamic thought and secular sciences were taught.
Many landmarks and monuments remain from this Golden Age. The Great Mosque of Uqba is certainly the most famous of all. Due to its fortress-like outer walls, it is somewhat different from modern mosques.
Other places to visit are the Sidi Sahab Mausoleum, housing the tomb of one of Prophet Muhammad's companions, as well as the Aghlabid basins. These delivered water to the city. Whoever visits Kairouan should also bear in mind that it is also a major carpet production centre and probably the place to look for and find the rare piece of work that could fit perfectly in the living room.
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