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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Kairouan, Tunisia

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Kairouan is a city in Tunisia that is recognised as a World Heritage Site. It was founded in AD 670 by the Arabs and reached its height of prosperity during the Aghlabid Dynasty between the 9th and 11th centuries. The city is regarded as the main holy city of Islam in the Maghreb region, when after the capital was relocated to Tunis in the 12th century. It is regarded as the fourth holiest city in the Muslim world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.

The most important part of Kairouan is the Great Mosque of Uqba, built at the time the city was founded. It is one of the oldest mosques in the world and the largest in Tunisia. The design of the mosque became the model for later mosques built in the Maghreb.


Kairouan, Tunisia
Kairouan, Tunisia
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Kairouan was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 12th session of the World Heritage Committee in Brasilia, Brazil, on 5 - 9 December, 1988.

Location: N35 40 54.012 E10 6 14.004 in the Governorate of Kairouan
Inscription Year: 1988
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, V, VI

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