City northeastern Tunisia. A religious centre of Islam, it was founded in 670 by the Arab general Sidi 'Uqbah and became the first Arab city in the Maghrib. It was chosen as the Maghrib capital by the Aghlabid dynasty c. 800. It served as an administrative, commercial, religious, and intellectual centre under the Fatimid and Zirid dynasties. The rise of Tunis, the new capital, led to Kairouan's decline and its devastation by Bedouin in the 11th century. It is the site of the 9th-century Great Mosque of the Qayrawan, one of the city's 150 mosques.
Columbia Encyclopedia: Al Qayrawan
(äl kīräwän') or Kairouan (kīrwän', Fr. kĕrwäN') , city (1994 pop. 102,600), NE Tunisia. It is a sacred city of Islam. Founded in 670 by Uqbah bin Nafi, an Arab leader, it was the seat of Arab governors in W Africa until 800. Under the Aghlabid dynasty (800–909), it remained the chief center of commerce and learning. It was the first capital (909–21) of the Fatimids. When the city was ruined (1057) by invaders, it was supplanted by Tunis. Of Al Qayrawan's 150 mosques, the most celebrated is the Great Mosque, started by Uqbah bin Nafi and completed in the 9th cent. The city is noted for its carpet industry.
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LeeLoo (0) 2008-07-04 4:49
Dear Armando Lourenco!
Original point of view.
Composition is wonderful.
aadilj (18102) 2008-07-04 5:16
Thats well lit and vibrant and so nicely focused. I like the way you have used the textures and tones and the imapct of shades and lights. nice job indeed.
jmdias (52524) 2008-07-04 8:32
belo pov, as cores e a luz estão magníficas. Uma composição que mostra bem o local e possui as qualidades técnicas exigidas para agraciar nossos olhos. Belo trabalho
patshoo (952) 2008-07-04 11:52
Unusual asymmetry composition in repetition order,This was create interesting point in this frame,Very good in sharpness and saturated color.Good work,TFS.
lousat (72197) 2008-07-04 12:45
Hi Armando,i been 2 times in this place but i never had the lucky to take a pic whitout people inside! Yours is great,the point of view and the colors are impressive,my best compliments and thanks to shoe us this beauty,Luciano
niphredil76 (850) 2008-07-04 14:42
great composition and framework you chose! Clever light balance and beautiful golden colors! (Maybe a little, little too golden, but it's OK!). Interesting note for a true TE shot!
- Copyright: Armando Lourenco (aofl) (1088)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-06-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VRDX
- Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Arab Mosques [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-07-04 4:45