The starting point to explore the city is on the desk ONTT Av. de la Republique, near a swimming pool Aghlabid. Tourists will have to sign a statement in which they commit themselves to respect the status of the Holy City and its mosques. 2 dinar for tourists receive a single ticket, which gives the right to visit all the attractions of the city.
Near the desk is ONTT walled pool Aghlabid, polygonal pond, built in the IX century. to supply the city with water. South from here to the city wall of the medina and Kasbah is Av. Ibn - Jazzar.
Moving from the city along the casbah) wall to the east, we come to the most important and sacred site of Kairouan - *** Mosque Sidi Okba or Grand Mosque. In appearance by a brick wall with watch-towers, it gives the impression of a fortress. Courtyard, access to which is permitted and non-Muslims, decorated only antique columns surrounding arcades and lobby, as well as carving a 17 portals leading to the prayer hall. Founded Okboy ibn Nafi Mosque repeatedly rebuilt. In its modern form, it was, in fact, re-built in the IX century. at Aghlabid. Since then, each more or less significant ruler finish building something new. In 1972, after extensive restoration work Aghlabid mosque was returned to its original condition. In the prayer hall is a wooden minbar - the earliest example of Islamic departments; mihrab paved with precious tiles from Baghdad. In the XI century. the mosque was set Maksurov - wooden fence that segregated the ruler of the worshipers. Of this type of structures kayruanskaya Maksurov considered the most famous in North Africa. Real forest of ancient columns support the prayer hall ceiling and dome of the mihrab. However, this beauty can be seen only in passing through the doors ajar accidentally.
(Opening hours: daily. Except Fri and holidays. Days., 7.30-14.00, 8.00-14.30 in the summer)
Around the mosque carpets thriving trade: here the "carpet mafia" makes purses tourists. If a tourist wants to buy anything here, he should first read our advice in "The acquisition of carpets."
Through the narrow streets, passing the craftsmen and small shops, you can go to the pearl of Mauritian-Andalusian architecture, unfortunately, more and more decadent - to * Mosque of the Three Doors (Djamaa Tleta Bibane). Rich Andalusian merchant founded a small mosque in 866 of its remarkable facade, formed by three arches. The only decoration of the portal is a frieze with Kufic inscriptions. Unfortunately, old door wings spoil the impression.
Not far from the mosque is the second most important place of pilgrimage - the source of Veer Baruth (Bir Barou ta). According to legend, he mysteriously connected with the sacred source of the Earth Earth in Mecca. That it Okba ibn Nafi allegedly found the golden cup, lost earlier in the holy city of the water to His healing power. Water was supplied from a source with a water wheel driven by that walk around a white dromedary blindfolded. Not far from the source are massive Bab El Shuada through which you can return from Medina to a new city.
Until the next object - mosques barber can either take a taxi or walk through Medina back to the Kasbah and Av. el - Moizz approach ** mosque barber (Varbier then schee) to the mausoleum of Sidi Sahaba (zaouia Sidi Sahab). Mausoleum of Sidi Sahaba was built in the XIV century. and repeatedly rebuilt and expanded in the XVII and XIX centuries. when the Ottoman rule. He appears before the fireworks by the Tunisian ceramic art around the grave of the Prophet there was a barber curled (mausoleum) - the center of the religious brotherhoods with sleeping and living quarters for members and pilgrims as well as madrasas for religious education. The main rooms, lobbies, courtyards and passageways Zawiya - all lined with colored tiles, and the inner surface of the dome is decorated elegant carved stucco. Real name of the saint was Abu al-Balawi Jam. Nicknamed "Sidi Sahab" ("Satellite") he received as accompanied the Prophet Muhammad. Its name derives from the mosque barber relics: three hairs from the beard of the Prophet.
(Opening hours: daily. 7.30-18.00)
In Rekkade, about 7 km from the city, on the road to Sfax, the former palace of President Bourguiba located **** National Museum of Islamic Art, one of the most beautiful and valuable collections in North Africa.
(Opening hours: daily. Except Mon, 9.00-15.30 in winter, summer, 8.00-14.00)