Zaouia( Mausoleum) Abu Zama El-Belaoui
Zaouia( Mausoleum) Abu Zama El-Belaoui Kairouan Reviews
Mausoleum- Zawiya and madrasa of Sidi Sahbi Jul 04, 2016
The Abou Zamaa al-Balawi mausoleum( Shrine of the Companion) is the burial place of Abou Zamaa el-Balaoui, a friend of the Prophet. Among Europeans it is also known as the Barber’s Mosque as el-Balaoui always wore a medallion containing three hairs from the Prophet’s beard.
He came to Ifriqiya several years after the Prophet’s death. Abou Zamaa died in a battle against Byzantines about thirty kilometres away from Kairouan.
He was buried with the relic on the site of the city before its foundation. The original mausoleum dates back to the 7th century. The tiled archways, antechambres and beautiful floral mosaics in Andalusian and Turkish style and luminescent colours were added at the end of the 17th century.
This mausoleum is a place of great veneration. It is the most frequently visited shrine by Tunisians, specially at the time of the religious festivities commemorating the birth of the Prophet, wedding contracts signing and circumcision ceremonies during the holy month Ramazan when boys get sunnet. It is a custom that the Kairawani girl offers her first carpet to the saint, who is famous for having gift for guarding against evil.
The shrine is located northwest of the medina near louage station. At the entrance a visitor will be offered to buy a multiple site ticket that includes the visit to the six most important objects in the city for only ten Tunisian dinars.
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