Sunday, November 01, 2009

Tunisia # 5 Kairouan cont.

The Aghlabid Pools
To the north of the Kasbah in Kairouan, are the Aghlabid Basins which were built in the 9th century and restored 1969. These two pools (originally there were more) stored water for the Aghlabid palace which occupied the site of the present-day cemetery. The water was brought by an aqueduct from Djebel Cherichera, (22 miles) away. The smaller basin was a settling tank, from which the water flowed into the larger one which had a capacity of about 11 million gallons. In the center of the larger pool is the base of a pavilion in which the Aghlabid rulers used to relax (not actually this one).

Below thew Islamic cemetary.
We didn't have very long to explore the medina but explored a couple of the narrow streets just inside the walls of the city.

Barber shops were busy, giving customers an extra close shave and were open to the street as you can see from the photo below.

Below 'hubble bubble pipes' for sale, alongside some hats and clothes.

See how close the houses are built.

Below a spice stall.

It was interesting to see the local people out buying from the stalls.

The pottery was very colourful and we would have loved to bring back a Tagine because they were really inexpensive but quite bulky for the suitcase.

Another carpet shop, but not the one we actually visited.

2008: Hokey Pokey
2007: I might be in trouble
2006: Curried Pumpkin Soup

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At 1/11/09 20:58, Blogger wendishness said...

I love the colours of the place, that's what always catches my attention first. Great shots too, lots of different colours, the culture is always fascinating in these far off places.

At 1/11/09 22:18, Blogger ChrisB said...

Wendy one thing I noticed was the colour of the sky, quite often it really was a vivid blue that looked almost artificial.

At 1/11/09 23:33, Blogger karisma said...

I would love to visit a market like that. Everything looks interesting. Love the spices!

At 1/11/09 23:56, Anonymous Swampy said...

What a wonderful experience. I think I could smell all the wonderful "fragrances" of that market...oh wait, that's dinner burning.

At 2/11/09 03:12, Blogger wendishness said...

I see what you mean, and against the backdrop of colour it looks even more artificial, almost as if it's gone through being photoshopped or something.

At 2/11/09 06:36, Blogger Barbara said...

Chris what fun. I love the pottery. Did you buy any?

At 2/11/09 11:36, Blogger Beccy said...

I'd love to visit that market, the colours and spices look wonderful.

At 2/11/09 15:51, Blogger Amrita said...

Tunisia is a very neat and clean country, I like the clean paved streets. I am sure there are modern roads there too.


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