Bir Barouta
Bir Barouta
3.5

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Medina, Kairouan 3100 Tunisia

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Abovetheclouds
2,062 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I am not sure what to make of this.  Like stepping back in time to another era.  However, I did feel a bit sad for the camel.  Many religious people believe that the well is connected to the well of Zamzam in the holy city of Mecca, and drink the water.  I was advised by my guide not to do it!
Written 1 June 2024
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Legend says that Muslim conqueror Oqba bin Nafi had lost his golden cup in the Zamzam well in Mecca, then found it again here at this well ; this story promoted Kairouan as a religious pilgrimage destination. And it still works today as efficiently as in the 17th century, as an attraction that draws water as well as tourists . . .
Written 22 May 2024
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan2,808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Located on the second floor of a building next to a cafe. A camel walks around a well to pump water out of it. Really nothing much to see but a camel operating an old well.
Written 13 February 2024
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mrc282
World8,648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
this is located above ground, and accessible by climbing a flight of stairs.

feel a little sorry for the camel used as tourist prop and as labor to draw the well of water. but at least he looks well treated and healthy.
Written 5 January 2023
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Masood K
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania1,472 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
An interesting concept of drawing water from the well using a Camel. A similar concept is used in India using bullock carts to grind oil seeds to extract oil.

The camel we saw was quite an interesting living being, He could understand human behaviour and was very playful. even kissed my wife, as you can see in the pic.

i would say the camel was the highlight of this place.
Written 19 November 2022
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
There is a well located in the middle of the room which is said to be connected directly to Zamzam in Mecca. A camel tied to the well serves to bring the water up from 20m below. It is said that drinking this water will make you come to Kairouan again in the future. Visit the Kariouan grand mosque 6 times and the 7th visit is deemed equal to visiting Mecca. Had a guide to show me around and explain the history.
Written 30 November 2021
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Yukiwarisou
Niigata, Japan3,089 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
I know this place is a historically famous place. But I couldn't stand seeing the camel being used as a tool of attraction.
Written 2 January 2019
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Sami
Nelson, UK190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Delicious coffee. Not many tourists noted. Small place with a bit of character. I am not a coffee drinker but the turkish coffee in this place was absolutely delicious.

Small toilet facility available too.

There is a well which is said to have water at 10-20 meters. I could actually see the water in the well. Baby camel was sat around the well. I think his mom was away on holiday.

Recommended
Written 23 December 2018
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Chris S
New York City, NY127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
Under the power of camels, circumnavigating a well from depths into the earth, potable water is brought to the surface.

This tradition has been in place for decades and nothing but the camels change when they're finished their shift

As legend would have it, this well is alleged to be connected to the same water system as the Holy ZamZam well in Arabia
Written 3 October 2018
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C C
Tegucigalpa, Honduras44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
Excellent Turkish style coffee (kahwa al arbi) and when in season, good fresh pressed orange juice. No food, but you can bring your own makroudh or other sweets.
It is a traditional setting, with the mats and little tables, so it's a charming place to stop when you're out discovering the medina in Kairouan.

The camel is a working animal, so it's a bit odd to see him in a small place and you do want to feel sorry for him. At the same time, he doesn't seem mistreated and looks healthy. You don't have to pay to see the camel. It's a lot more interesting to come in and sit for a coffee and see things happen. There's good information panels in English, French, German and Arabic so you can learn about the significance of the well.

It's a neat slice of living history to visit.
Written 27 March 2018
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