Gharian - the troglodytes
Gharian, a village on my way from Tripoli to Ghadames. A village of pottery and underground houses.
In the past the inhabitants of the region lived in troglodyte dwellings, some of which can still be seen and visited today. These traditional houses are not caves, but rooms that have been excavated from the compact red clay-rich soils. A sloping tunnel descends to an open courtyard in a 8 to 10 meter deep pit. Rooms are then excavated radially out from this courtyard. ( All depending on the family ) Its form provides natural air-conditioning, both in summer and in winter.Related to: