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    Dwelling any more ?

    by JLBG Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    Few of the Matmata troglodytic houses remain real dwelling and most are kept in fair condition for tourists sightseeing and photographing (payment required). As far as I am concerned, I do not accept to pay to take a photography.

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    The dining room

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    The dining room

    The biggest room of the house is a dinning room where locals spend most of the day-time. This one have a very beautiful and interesting kind of frescoe paintings on the ceiling. The dining room is very simple and almost without any furniture.

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    The inneryard

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    The inneryard

    The inneryard is pretty huge and open to the air. It is centrally positioned in the house from where Berbers can get to each of many rooms. Some of the houses are two-storeyed constructions but without the staircase. They use a simple rope to get to the upper level where the sleeping rooms for younger people are situated.

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    The corridor

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    The corridor

    The outside temperature was around 50 C degrees, very hot but dry and I had no problem with breathing.Inside the long corridor, which leads to the inneryard, the temperature was around 35C degrees and that seemed to me very refreshing.

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    A sophisticated ''well'' house

    by JLBG Updated Nov 5, 2004

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    Troglodytic houses can take various aspects, depending of the topological possibilities of the ground where they are built and of the wealth of the owner. This one is very large, which has allowed building inside a more conventional house. It is more comfortable and thus is really in use.

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    The entrance

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    No names or numbers on the front door of the house, instead there are symbols of hand and fish coloured in the traditional blue colour.
    The hand (so-called Fatima's hand) shows how many families live in the house, while the fish symbolized wisdom, tranquility and welcome to the visitors.

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    The Berber Museum

    by kazander Updated Mar 10, 2004

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    The museum of art and tradition is open every day, except monday. It gives examples of a traditional Berber dwelling, called a troglodyte. It's a very interesting structure. A giant hole is dug vertically in the earth as the main space. Rooms are hollowed out, making little caves into bedrooms, kitchens, ect.. A tunnel from the surface to the main space is the entrance, though in some instances a ladder is used. These homes were built this way as protection from the elements as well as intruders. It's a lot cooler underground than in the hot desert sun.

    There are many of these homes in Matmata. Best to explore the museum instead of peering down in to what is essentaily a family's living room!

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    The Berber Museum

    by kazander Updated Feb 24, 2004

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    One room houses manaquins dressed in traditional Berber garb. The "curator" actually dressed 2 of my friends up as Berber women when we were there. We were the only people in the museum, it was nice to have the place to ourselves.

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    troglodyte homes

    by call_me_rhia Written Sep 8, 2002

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    the interior of a typical home

    Matmata has been inhabited for over 700 years by Berber people. Their traditional homes were troglodyte houses: circular vertical caves dug into soft sandstone, both for defensive purposes, and to be able to bear the desert's heat. Mostly they are around 10 metres deep and 8 to 12 metres in diameter.

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    Heading to Gabes.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 21, 2008
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    After the visit of Matmata, and after visiting the Ksours, we were ready again for a long 4wd´s drive to Gabes.

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    Grounding Semoline Flour.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 21, 2008

    During our visit to the Troglodyte house they showed us how they ground the semoline flour, a hard task.

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    Star Wars

    by kayleigh06 Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    When in tunisia a must see is the Underground Village of Matmata the place where the original Star Wars was filmed.

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    Visit a Berbe House

    by Childish Updated Apr 7, 2006

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    you may see how the people have lived for the centuries and how some of them still live; the home helps them escape the desert's extremes of heat and cold.

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    Star Wars Fans will love it

    by Jasoninlondon Written Jan 26, 2005

    The amazing trogladyte homes in Matmata. Visit the actual hotel used in the first star wars film. If you want you can even stay there, but the place is very basic.

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    The everyday's rutine

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    The everyday's rutine

    This lady showed to us the everyday rutine of an Berber's woman, as it was in the past times. It is a kind of handy quern serving for grinding the cereals.

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