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)
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lousat (92110) 2011-02-23 2:02
Hi George,i'm fascinating for this fantastic light balance.These are the most difficult place to take,especially in there the sun,you work very very well,excellent contrast and colors and a beautiful long perpsective too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-02-23 2:11
beautiful and tranquil scene of the Medina of Kairouan.
Beautiful colors and excellent light.
besnard (56447) 2011-02-23 2:53
Une lumière bien maitrisée, un cliché lumineux et vivant.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
macondo (19564) 2011-02-23 3:11
You missed all the revolutionary excitement in Tunisia! Perhaps a good thing.
Your photo makes a great play of the wonderful colour and the pattern of the overhead beams. I like the strong perspective and the inclusion of the walking figures. So much detail captured very sharply, and a good exposure of strong contrast between light and shadow. Good note!
annjackman (21899) 2011-02-23 4:09
I really enjoy this very much for the beautiful light management and the repeating blue theme. The two ladies are in a good position. A very interesting and well composed image.
JFS (32459) 2011-02-23 4:09
Incredible shot! What an atmosphere and what a light! TFS!
francio64 (39888) 2011-02-23 5:24
come è stato per Malta, anche qui in Tunisia credo tu abbia fatto un eccellente lavoro di Turistic Photo Reportage.
Bella immagine dove è possibile notare un eccellente grafismo su più punti.
Luce e resa cromatica sono eccellenti.
Ottimi lo sharp e il DOF.
Ottimo lavoro! TFS!
Sergiom (80830) 2011-02-23 5:26
On ressent l'atmosphère de la médina parfaitement..L'abri offre une belle lumière qui crée des ombres et des rayons. J'aime les photos qui passent de l'ombre pour aller vers le soleil.
dkmurphys (59279) 2011-02-23 6:38
Picturesque tunnel. That's a very fine idea for protecting from the sun. Nice atmosphere, interesting capture.
Have a nice evening.
jjcordier (79297) 2011-02-23 8:22
Tu as réalisé ici un excellent travail de photographe dans des conditions de lumière pourtant pas évidentes. J'aime beaucoup cette photo qui rend bien l'atmosphère du lieu.
vasilpro (41317) 2011-02-23 9:47
Wonderful composition, beautiful scene, interesting architecture details, very good contrast, excellent light management, lovely colors, very nice POV, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-02-23 12:37
Interesting perspective of this little bazaar. Best sharpness, contrast and colours. Well done!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-02-23 13:51
This typical covered street, suggests a life which passes slowly, in the peace. I appreciate the excellent exposure of the photo, as well as its neatness. Bravo.
npecanhuk (75502) 2011-02-24 4:00
Another very attractive and interesting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, dof, colors, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders, composition and pp are all excellent here too!
I love all the details, but specially those of that "ceiling", with colors, shapes and balance between light and shadow!
TFS - congrats,
siamesa (28121) 2011-02-24 4:17
Bom dia George
Perfect composition. Excellent perspective and marvelous colors.Beautiful effect of the shadows.Really an excellent work.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-02-24 17:10
Beautiful shot with very good light management and colors.
Graal (102928) 2011-02-24 23:49
Jó napot George,
another interesting reportage from Tunisia. Nice perspective here. I like the colours and game of light also. Good note and well done photo.
Have a nice day.
danos (98561) 2011-02-25 0:36
Good morning George,
nice the view of this covered market at Kairouan Medina with the roof to creates perspective and depth in the image.I like the excellent light and colour management and i'm impressed that is almost empty.
Have a good day,Danos
bona (13737) 2011-02-25 3:08
interting place. I like the roof protecting the street from the sun. The light is suberb and the two women there were well included.
macjake (68510) 2011-02-27 15:30
the medinas offer so many photo opps, i'm glad you took this one.
the combination and contrast of lightness and darkness is excellent.
as is the depth, and shadows along the left wall.
elegant look to this ol' time medina
abmdsudi (54619) 2011-03-01 19:54
The perspective i feel is the most attractive element here coupled with warm light quality that lift this lively image. Blue provides such a stunning contrast, very eyecatching element inviting viewers into this souk. The detail is crisp throughout. Good sharpness and great textures. Marvelous colors and saturation, Well done. Best rgds
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-23 1:58