Bir Barouta
Bir Barouta
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Medina, Kairouan 3100 Tunisia

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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 November 30, 2021
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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 December 23, 2018
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The_Chiappone
Nottingham, UK180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Little gem hidden in the medina. A blindfolded camel is operating the well to rise the water from the well. Timeless
Written May 12, 2014
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SJMUAE
London, UK41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
A well in a building in the Medina - water is drawn up by a camel that walks round and round to power it. We did not see the camel in action, just lying next to the well. Probably not much more impressive than an old windmill in action, but is part of the city's history. There is no entrance fee, but the camel owner collects tips after your visit. We only spent a few minutes there, but happy to have seen it.
Written October 8, 2013
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C C
Tegucigalpa, Honduras43 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 March 27, 2018
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Yurie M
82 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
I understand that this is a historical holy site. As soon as I saw the poor camel muzzled and decorated with a bunch of cloths and tied to the water well in a tiny tiny place, couldn’t stop feeling sorry for him/her. While watching him going around the well I kept thinking if the camel will have to do this for the rest of his life? Does he ever get to sit down? Is it really necessary that the water has to be drawn by a poor camel?
Written December 30, 2017
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ProfessorMUSTAFA
Los Angeles, CA1,991 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
They used a camel to get the water out of the well . You can take photos with the camel and have a drink of fresh out of the well water . Fun for all .
Written January 30, 2017
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shahram Rezapour
Düsseldorf, Germany201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Business
For muslims it may be more attractive due to some religious stories but also the children will love this place because of decorated camel who gos around the well to extract water.
It is said that who drinks this water will come back there again.
Written December 9, 2016
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,060 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 May 22, 2024
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Masood K
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania1,468 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 November 19, 2022
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