Kairouan Qairawān (Kairouan), Historic City in Tunisia

Qairawān (Kairouan) is a city in Tunisia with 117,903 inhabitants (2004). It is located 150 km southwest of Tunis, 50 km west of Sousse and is the capital of the Kairouan Governorate wilayat / Wilayat al-Qairawān. By 11 Century the city was an important center of Islamic learning in North Africa (Ifriqiya).

With the old city and its oriental tradition according to market-level guilds, with mosques and other religious buildings Qairawān since 1988 on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage. According to the decision of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), a subsidiary organization of the Islamic World League, Qairawān “Capital of Islamic Culture 2009″was.

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