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Le Kef

Le Kef

1. Sidi Bou Makhlouf

2. The Kasbah

3. Mysterious basilica

4. Mint minaret

5. Roman remains

6. Around town

7. Museum of Art and Popular Traditions


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Sidi Bou Makhlouf
Le Kef, Tunisia

Le Kef, Tunisia

Few sights of Tunisia has so often appeared on posters and the cover of tourist guides. This tiny mosque is neither old nor religiously important, but is an usually successful piece of mosque architecture. The two ribbed domes and the octagonal minaret can be viewed from many angles, giving the photographer the choice between a number of different types of light all through the day.
The interior is not always accessible, but if you get in, the level of workmanship is no less interesting than the exterior, with a domed prayer hall held up by antique columns, lined with with stuccowork and ornamented by crescents of green starts.
The mosque was in its heyday the centre of the local Aissaawiya Sufis, and the mosque itself is named after Le Kef's patron saint.
Le Kef, Tunisia

By Tore Kjeilen