Muslims come to Kairouan not only from other Tunisian cities, but from different parts of the Arab world. The fourth most important mosque for Muslims in the world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem, the Grand Mosque of Kairouan which was built in the ninth century, is the oldest in North Africa. It is visited for several reasons. Located on the edge of the medina, when you almost leave the city, a huge tower-minaret stands out against the clear sky. Surrounded by brown and bare walls, from the outside it does not look like the typical Moroccan or Turkish mosques: in fact it looks more like a fortress. But upon entering the courtyard with marble slabs one is amazed by its beauty. Impressive is the colonnade that surrounds the courtyard, the endless arches, and gateways to the prayer hall. The Grand Mosque was, for me, an incredible discovery. Not only for its architecture but because it also exudes an atmosphere of infinite recollection.
Following Romanana street from [poi = 156511] the Theatre [/ poi] until [poi = 156522] the Capitol [/ poi] on the left you'll see the Temple Pietas Augustan, where only some fragments of columns remain. It was a semicircular temple, built in the 2nd century AD and consists of two pilasters and two columns that supported Corinthian capitals. There is an inscription with the temple's dedication. Next to it is the foundation of the temple of Fortune (where a mosque was erected) and the Temple of Mercury, which was preceded by a portico with ten columns and three rooms.