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).
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.