Chenini is another abandoned hilltop village, topped with the ksar. It is said that the oldest part of the ksar dates back to the 12th century. Although the most parts of the ksar is in the ruins now, local people, however, still use some of well preserved ghorfas as a granary. Fact is, the climate conditions on the hilltop are just perfect for the granary.
Chenini is usual stop for those who are exploring the Tataouine Govornorate, due to an excellent restaurant.
Chenini village is one of the few remaining places in Tunisia where the true Berber language is still in use, but mostly among the older population. Older men, and not all of them, speak Arabic and Berber while older women talk exclusively Berber language.
Young local population, both girls and boys, use Arabic as their first language. There is concern that in due course the Berber language could become extinct.
Chenini - village
Chenini is relatively small village of scattered houses which are located on the plateau below the Ksar. The oldest part of the village is made up of cave houses built on the slopes of a mountain. The houses of Chenini have two parts, one which has been dug into the mountain and the other with walled courtyards which is called "hosh". The courtyard is used to keep animals, as it could be seen in some of my pics.
The oldest houses are characterized by the doorways with very low ceiling.
Chenini - Mosque
The so-called White Mosque dominates the panorama of Chenini in a very convincing manner and acts as a trademark. Maybe it's because the white-colored facade is in dramatic contrast with the color of surrounding landscape. To Chenini leads the winding road that seemed to be cut into the mountain range, and this mosque is the first sight that capture views when after the bend occurs a tiny valley where the village is housed.
Ksar Douiret is an old but abandoned Berber town perched on a hillside. There is a Ksar (fortified granary) on the hilltop visible from the far distance. The Ksar at the top of the hill can be reached only by foot. The village of Douiret, its tiny part bellow the ksar, is still inhabited. There are few houses with the people and a mosque still in use.
Ksar Hedada is situated just a few miles far from the town of Tataouine, and a must see when exploring this southern Governorate. It become world wide famous when John Lucas used this monument to create the town called "Mos Espa", in galactic planet Tatooine, featured by movie "Star Wars: the Phantom Menace". The date of shooting this movie was back in July 1997.
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