Also known as Tormisa and Tarmeisa, this ancient and abandoned stone village is perched on a spectacular and narrow rocky outcrop overlooking the Sahel al-Jefara.
There was once a draw bridge guarding the entrance to the town over a narrow 'isthmus' in the rock. The town was effective sealed off between the hours of 18.00 and 06.00, when the drawbrudge was closed.
The town is surrounded on the remaining three sides by steep cliffs plunging deep to the plains below.
The town was abandoned as recently as the 1950s, although many of the structures date back to the 13th century.
The area surrounding the village of Gharyan is known throught Libya for its pottery. All along the road there were stalls selling pots in various shapes and sizes. behind the raod you could see the kilns and great big heaps of pots.
Barren and stark, desert scenery is nevertheless beautiful. We travelled high into mountainous area, where deep wadis and valleys punctuate the landscape.
Along the side of the road from Tripoli to Qasr al Hajj we saw many camels grazing on the sparce vegetation in the desert. They looked just right here in the sandstorm!