National Geographic : 1935 Jun
44 Photograph byMartin Hiirlimann FLUTED DOMES, LIKE FANCY MOLDS, CAP THE MOSQUE OF THE SWORDS AT KAIROUAN, TUNISIA Dedicated to a Marabout, or Moslem saint, who made huge swords in order to impress the people with his might, this house ofworship rises inthewestern part of the holy city. The dome interiors are covered with writings from the Koran. Surrounding the city is a wall nearly 20feethigh, dotted with towers and bastions, and pierced by arched gates. Kairouan, meaning "caravan" or "resting place," was founded A. D. 670 asacenter ofMohammedanism. Itissaid that seven visits here equal one to Mecca.