"An hour drive from Sousse,..." Tunisia Favorite Tip by ankx

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Favorite thing: An hour drive from Sousse, discover Kairouan 'the city of 50 mosques' . The spiritual home of all Tunisians, the city itself rises like a dream of ocher and tawny beige, serene in its 13 centuries of Islamic culture, authentic and proud of the wondrous beauty of its mosques, the symphony of its columns and arches, the exquisite delicacy of the stone work. The towering and sober dignity of the Great Mosque seems to embody the spirituality that has inspired artists and poets from its creation until the present day. Kairouan is supposedly the fourth holy city in Islam (Sunni Islam, that is), with Mekka, Medina and Jerusalem as the others. But most Tunisians don't seem to know much about this. The city was for a long time characterized by not being much touched by the French, who wanted to respect the sentiment of the Tunisians. For a long time the whole city was kept inside the city walls, and no Ville Nouvelle was ever constructed.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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