This is one of the best preserved medinas in Tunisia. The old town is surrounded by 10 metre high which are watched over by numerous defensive towers that were put up at the beginning of the 18th Century. Within the walls most of the streets are residential – but there’s a big carpet market which is pretty well known by visitors looking to find their perfect magic carpet. While the streets themselves are very old and look it, the current inhabitants show their wealth in ornate and colourful doors, windows and arches which look more like they belong in the Caribbean than Africa.
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.
Kairouan, it was founded by the Arabs in around 670 in the period of Amir Muavia and the original name was derived from Arabic kairuwân, meaning "military/civilian camp" (from Kâr, "war/military," and van/wan, "outpost"), "caravan", or "resting place.
After its establishment in the 7th century, it became an important center for Islamic and Quranic learning, and thus attracted a large number of Muslims from various parts of the world, next only to Mecca and Medina. The holy Mosque of Uqba is situated in the city. In 2003 the city had about 150,000 inhabitants. In 2009 Kairouan was the Islamic Cultural Capital.
The most important mosque in the city is the Great Mosque of Sidi-Uqba. Seven pilgrimages to this mosque is considered the equivalent of one pilgrimage to Mecca. After its establishment, Kairouan became an Islamic and Qur'anic learning center in North Africa. An article by Professor Kwesi Prah describes how during the medieval period, Kairouan was considered the third holiest city in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
The souk (market place) of Kairouan is in the Medina quarter, which is surrounded by walls, from which the entrance gates can be seen in the distance. Products that are sold in the souk include carpets, vases and goods made of leather. As with merchants in most major Tunisian cities, Kairouan merchants rely on tourism for much of their income.
During World War II a major military airfield was located near Kairouan, used first by the German Luftwaffe. It was attacked on numerous occasions and later used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force as a transport field. (Source:Wikipedia& tourismtunisia & virtualtourist)
---Peace and happiness for Tunisia. I hope the wounds heal up quickly. ---
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mauro61 (52545) 2011-01-18 3:07
una immagine ben composta nel taglio e nella scelta del momento di scatto in cui l'inclusione dell'uomo in bicicletta risulta perfetta.
Bello il contrasto cromatico tra il chiaro della facciata e gli infissi azzurri,
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-01-18 3:11
Very nice street scene with pastel blue color door and windows.
snunney (72650) 2011-01-18 3:29
An attractive daily life scene where the mood is much enhanced by the passing cyclist. The background architecture injects a touch of the exotic into the scene. Pleasant soft light and natural tones.
besnard (49941) 2011-01-18 3:40
Un bon choix de format, une belle luminosité sur cette rue avec au fond une maison aux jolies volets bleus et le cycliste qui ajoute de la vie à l'ensemble.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
siamesa (27461) 2011-01-18 3:56
Bom dia George
Useful and complete note about medinas .Splendid composition and an important register of this place and of the culture of Tunisians. Congratulations.
baclama (16313) 2011-01-18 3:58
Tout a l'air calme...
un super POV avec une composition qui respire le calme..;esperons qu'il revienne au plus vite dasn ce pays.
de belles couleurs, un bonne lumiere...
serp2000 (33067) 2011-01-18 4:01
Tunisia before...and you while can't shot Tunisia after.
Good presentation of quiet northafrican country, excellent architecture, nice colours. Well done, Gyorgy. This man adds any dynamics here. Quality work.
npecanhuk (56358) 2011-01-18 4:03
Very attractive daily life & urban & architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, pp, contrasts, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all top notch here!
TFS - congrats,
dta (56584) 2011-01-18 4:22
Hello George ,
What a well composed picture ! With so strong elements at the right place . The light management provides a very fine effect , too .
Very well done .
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-01-18 5:06
beautiful composition of this scene of daily life in the Medina of Kairouan.
Good frame, incorporating the bicycle.
Beautiful colors, with blue doors and windows.
JFS (32453) 2011-01-18 6:27
Nice composition and beautiful light, the shadows give a touch to the scene.
danos (78056) 2011-01-18 7:20
seasonable your shot from the revolution of the people of Tunisia against their government.Nice the snapshot from the passing by cyclist in front of your lens in this empty area of Kairouan Medina.I like the balance of the scene with the hanged fabric to be well placed in the shot.
Have a good afternoon,danos
annjackman (15525) 2011-01-18 8:25
I really like the blue theme here with the touch of red on the left. Even the reflection in the puddle of water is blue. The man on the bike is captured in a perfect position. Excellent exposure and sharpness.
SnapRJW (23576) 2011-01-18 10:39
Hi George - Nice clean shot with the building placed symmetrically within the frame. Super colour capture; the red adds and extra area of interest. Best regards Rosemary
siudzi (27701) 2011-01-18 13:02
Very interesting and eye-catching post from this great place. The contrast between blue and white tones is really good and makes your composition very attractive and unique. Well done.
bema (26179) 2011-01-18 13:11
a very nice capture from a country, whom i wish to have freedom and savety in the next future, like a lot the blue and white paintings, remeber me to another favourite country of mine, sure you know..
have a nice evening, see you around, Bernd
vasilpro (40557) 2011-01-18 13:30
Beautiful scene, interesting architecture, lovely colors, excellent light management, wonderful composition from a very nice POV.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
dkmurphys (42449) 2011-01-18 14:42
Fine urban scene. Impressive blue doors,a beautiful capture overall.
mesutilgim (72944) 2011-01-18 14:58
Hi dear George,
Nice capture from this beautiful North-African country.
I appreciate your "wish" at the end of your notes !
TFS and best regards
dip (22130) 2011-01-18 22:59
beautiful shot with interesting details,excellent captured and framed,
jjcordier (67186) 2011-01-18 23:24
Une jolie composition avec cette belle façade typique en arrière plan. Hommage au peuple tunisien qui a réussi à se libérer et bonne chance pour le futur qui ne s'annonce pas forcément facile tout de suite.
TopGeo (38080) 2011-01-19 22:41
Hello George! An image with very nice details! It shows the typical old architecture with an excellent choice! Interesting note here several visible elements of the facade of the house of the street sale of carpets and rider, all in balance in the picture!
BluSimo (9392) 2011-02-01 11:46
great and harmonious composition. splendid colors and perfect timing!
have a nice evening
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-18 3:03