Qasr al Hajj Travel Guide

  • The Granary
    The Granary
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    Tarmeisa
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Qasr al Hajj Things to Do

  • Visit the granaries

    Berber culture, so interesting how they survived and struggled for live, how they protected themselves against the many invaders

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  • Granary

    Built in the last part of the 12th century, the granary has 114 storage rooms, the same number as verses in the Koran, although some of the rooms are sub-divided into smaller areas for various types of crops. The storage cells are still in use. The fact that the granary is constructed entirely from local rock and gypsum helps keep it cool. The...

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  • Granary - entrance gate

    Just after you have gone through the entrance gate, there are two large alcoves which used to house the gatekeepers who would guard these precious goods. Now there is a display of agricultural and household items, including a couple of enormous door latches.

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Qasr al Hajj Restaurants

  • Bring your own or buy there

    We stopped at a roadside café for lunch, where we had the choice of bringing our own picnic (provided we bought a drink, they were happy for us to eat our own stuff in the café), or purchase one of their snacks. Mostly it was rolls with tuna or cheese which was available, and the people who did buy it said it was OK. We had brought a picnic of...

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  • Traditional fare

    The food was included in the stay at the troglodyte lodge, and was taken in the main building. We were served some local specialities such as dolmas (stuffed cabbage leaves), little folded pasrties filled with meat, very crispy, overcooked by tasty lamb, and some potato cakes stuffed with minced meat. It was all very nice. I really enjoyed the...

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Qasr al Hajj Nightlife

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    by grets Written Mar 12, 2005

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    Waiting for dinner to be served, we were sitting around in the courtyard reading and chatting. It was bloody cold!

    Dress Code: We followed the lead of the locals and wrapped ourselves in blankets. It is amazing what a difference the blankets made, they were almost wind proof and did keep us relatively warm. Maybe not the latest fashion statement here in the UK though. Do you think it'll catch on?

    Dressed for dinner

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Qasr al Hajj Local Customs

  • Olive press

    The production of olive oil is a major part of the local economy. Mostly it is produced in the time old way, with these traditional olive presses as this one seen in Gharyan.

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  • Wearing a blanket

    All along the road we saw local Berber men wearing these blankets against the cold. With the biting wind, it is easy to see why!This chap was the caretaker of the Granary at Qasr al Hajj.

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Qasr al Hajj Warnings and Dangers

  • Sandstorm

    On the way to Qasr al Hajj, we drove through a severe sandstorm, reducing visibility to a mere 10 metres. The sand would blow across the road, causing dunes to appear, making for very hazardous driving conditions. The sand is not good for contact lens wearers or cameras. Avoid going out into the storm!

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  • Rubbish

    Libya in general has a major problem with the disposal of its garbage, and we found it particularly bad a round this region. It appears that people just chick all their rubbish out of the car window - not just what they have at the time, but I am sure they must bring all their discraded stuff from home too!A real eyesore!

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Qasr al Hajj Off The Beaten Path

  • Tolmisa

    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...

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  • Scenery

    Barren and stark, desert scenery is nevertheless beautiful. We travelled high into mountainous area, where deep wadis and valleys punctuate the landscape.

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  • Gharyan

    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.

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