Photographer's Note

The ancient town of Kairouan is located within a semi-arid region, prone to drought, without any nearby rivers or natural water sources. Water supply and storage has been a problem for more than a thousand years. The solution took the form of the majestic Aghlabid basins, a huge and highly advanced work of engineering during the Middle Ages.
The hydraulic ensemble, built in the 9th century by the Aghlabid Dynasty, has provided water for townspeople in Kairouan for more than a millennium. The Aghlabid basins are composed of two connected cisterns which together form an open-air reservoir, fed by a 36-mile aqueduct that sources water from the hills beyond town. Water flowed into the smaller pool, which serves as a sort of filter, collecting stray sediments before the water is transferred to the larger basin, which is an impressive 16 feet deep and 420 feet in diameter. Scanned photo. Source :

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Additional Photos by Gueguel Miguel (Miguel82) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4655 W: 0 N: 3561] (30931)
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