Decorative arched yard, Kairouan
Zaouia Sidi Sahab (Barber's Mosque)
The Zaouia of Sidi Sahab also known as the Barber's Mosque, a complex including a mausoleum and a medersa which was built between 1629 and 1692 over the tomb of one of Mohammed's companions who died in AD 685. According to legend Sidi Sahab, out of reverence for the Prophet, always carried a few hairs from his beard: hence the name of the Barber's Mosque.
The zaouia is notable for its magnificent decoration, much of which dates only from the 19th century. It is entered through a forecourt, on the left of which are the imam's lodgings, guest- rooms and ablution fountains. Opposite the entrance is the minaret. The forecourt also gives access to the medersa, laid out round a small courtyard, the prayer hall beyond it and (by way of a passage adjoining the minaret) another colonnaded courtyard, off which opens the tomb of Sidi Sahab.
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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sam224 (6215) 2011-03-07 5:17
A lovely interior in this shot: I was in Kairouan once and I was really fascinated by this sacred town.. I would love to go there again. The light seems a bit harsh but anyway you managed to work with it pretty well. Good depth
csabagaba (6554) 2011-03-07 5:40
Szép belső tér, az iszlám építészet minden szükséges elemével. Nagyon kicsi torzítás és itt a színvilág is tökéletes. Megjegyzem, nem hobbiból teszem, kis gonoszkodó megjegyzéseimet. Egyébként is: kivel kritzálgasson az emberfija, megfelelően cizellált nyelvtudás híján, ha nem egy nyelvi sorstársával:-)
És lássuk be, a magyar nyelv, igazám bőséges szókészlettel rendelkezik a negatív dolgok megjelenítésére:-) Na mindegy is, most semmi rosszat nem teszek, mert a kép úgy jó, ahogy van:-)
Természetesen a dolog vica-versa alapon működik, én sem fogom kikapcsolni a monitort, ha esetleg kapok Tőled néhány keresett-keresetlen negatív felhangot:-)
Más: Szombaton megnéztük a Madáchban a Spamelotot. Ha még nem láttad, akkor javaslom uccu, bár 2-3 hónappal előre kell a jegyet megrendelni. 2 óra felhőtlen szórakozás, igaz a második felvonás elején becsempészet magyar szál, számomra kissé erőltetettnek tűnt, én az eredeti moziváltozaton nőttem fel. De azért igazándiból nagyon-nagyon jó kis előadás:-)
Szóval szép napot, és azt mondják, lassan ténylreg itt a tavasz.
francio64 (38276) 2011-03-07 5:55
bella prospettiva in cui mi piace l'intervallarsi del doppio colonnato, formando delle diagonali immaginarie tra le colonne di sinistra con quelle di destra.
Luce ben gestita e ottimo sharp.
snunney (83839) 2011-03-07 6:38
The point of view is well chosen to provide a fine perspective along the arcade. The harsh lighting was not easy to overcome but you have managed to retain adequate detail in the main parts of the image.
JFS (32459) 2011-03-07 7:57
George, you are really good capturing interiors. Here, you captured an excellent light and an excellent atmosphere too.
mursaloglu (8616) 2011-03-07 8:45
I like this wonderful diagonal composition with the pattern of the columns and great composition based on the interior architecture. Great division between shadowy and clear parts . Bravo.... Jó hét.... ihsan
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-07 8:58
Very nice interior with so much details. You have managed the light very well. Very attractive shot.
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-03-07 10:00
Impressive courtyard of this mosque. Good exposure and dept.I would have tried an HDR here. Midfield is lacking details but did not have much to do.
mesutilgim (84402) 2011-03-07 12:44
Hi dear George,
Another nice capture from Tunisia.
Again perfect pov and nice light management.
Very good and usefull notes as well.
TFS and best regards
bukitgolfb301 (35982) 2011-03-07 13:01
My dear George
So close and minute arcgtecture shot shot again!
Perfect perspective descroption!
Very sharp and clear presentation in the detail are so remarakable as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good day and best regards,
Takero from snowy Tokyo
jjcordier (76400) 2011-03-07 22:24
La lumičre au sol est un peu forte mais tu as réussi ŕ obtenir une trčs belle image de l'intérieur de cette célčbre mosquée.
ifege (10225) 2011-03-07 22:49
Beautiful Tunisian courtyard George - takes me back to Morocco.
Graal (97509) 2011-03-08 0:00
Jó napot George,
nice place and view here. Great decorative elements. I like the architecture. Well photowork and informations.
Have a nice day.
siamesa (27741) 2011-03-08 0:14
Bom dia George
The composition is complete. Marvelous photo of this decoration in the walls and a very informative note.Superb photo. Congratulations.
danos (86787) 2011-03-08 0:50
nice the interior arched yard of the Barber's Mosque in Tunisia,with the decorated walls to make the scene so effective.I like the clarity as the light management of the image.Well done.
Have a good day,Danos
dkmurphys (49372) 2011-03-08 1:19
Impressive architecture, a fine capture of those beautiful shapes. Nice contrasts, well seen place.
Enjoy the day.
vasilpro (40933) 2011-03-08 2:13
Wonderful composition, interesting architectural details, beautiful decoration, excellent light management, lovely colors, very nice POV.
Warm regards, Vasilis.
timecapturer (48834) 2011-03-08 3:21
you excel at shots like this, superb colours, shapes, shades and perspective. All perfectly balanced and quite intriguing. Amazing detail. Well captured!
paninho (2931) 2011-03-09 1:51
Trčs belle lumičre et parfaitement gérée! Une photo trčs élégante et qui fait plaisir ŕ regarder! J'aime aussi la profondeur de champ parfaitement calibrée!
Silvio1953 (122315) 2011-03-10 12:38
Ciao George, great view of fantastic interior, beautiful diagonal composition with splendid light and excellent perspective, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
humayun (2955) 2011-03-11 21:49
A photo with a magic touch.
I loved it...................
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-06
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-07 5:10