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    Ksar Ouled Soltane. Making Bread.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 17, 2008

    This interesting Ksar was the last one we visited before reaching Matmata. Maybe is the most famous and well preserved Ksar. There was a woman making bread, we ate this bread with olive oil and honey, a great snack after the long jouney visiting the Ksars.

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    Village of Toujan. Viewpoint.

    by euzkadi Updated Nov 17, 2008

    After visiting the town we made a stop in the impressive viewpoint atop the Kef Toujane mountain. There´s a coffe shop to buy water or tea, and some local handicrafts. Of course the views are breathtaking.

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    Village of Toujan.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 16, 2008

    Our next stop after Ksar Haddada was this picturesque town, the village is situated on the slopes of Ked Toujane, we stopped for pictures and to enjoyed a tea in a coffe shop near the main road. I really loved this village, in some way it looked like a ghost town, but as soon as we stopped children appeared from nowhere.

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    Restored Ksar.

    by euzkadi Updated Nov 16, 2008

    The Ksar has been restored, facades have been returned to the original condition with the use of mud plaster. Otherwise is a good place to wander, there are granaries to discover and roofs to climb, and after the visit there a couple of cafes otside the Ksar to enjoy a tea with views of the Mosque.

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    Ksar Haddada former hotel.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 16, 2008

    A restored part of the Granaries housed this famous hotel, specially visited by fans of the Star Wars saga, but later the hotel closed, during our visit to the place we saw the remains of the hotel, Ksar Haddada is a place for a short stop so i think is not a place for a big hotel.

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    Ghorfas.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 16, 2008

    The Berbers built fortified villages in the mountains for defend themselves from Arab attacks. This towns are known as Ksours. Then they built the Ghorfas arched cells of three or four floors used to store grains. Ksar Haddada is one of these Ksours, and is the most famous of all the fortified villages.

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    Ksar Hadada - The Ghorfas

    by mariev Updated Feb 10, 2008

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    The main attraction in Ksar-Hadada is the ghorfa , a typical Tunisian architectural structure.

    A ghorfa is a fortress like complex of ksour (plural from ksar) , sort of cylinder-shaped storage rooms, formerly used by the Berbers to store food, olive oil, grain, water and other supplies; they were used to protect the goods during a raiding attack or a siei
    ge. Each family had one (ore more) individual ksar where to store their supplies (some of them were still in use recently).
    The ksour, once filled, were closed by wooden doors and sealed.

    The ksour are made from clay mortar, palm timbers and lumber, they also provide an efficient protection against the important temperature differences experimented in the area.
    A ghorfa can reach a four-stories height and needs pulley systems to haul goods to the upper sections.

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    Ksar Ouled Soltane.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 19, 2008

    Another view of the village, the ksar is divided in two courtyards each of wich has the typical multi-stored arched cellars.

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    Ksar Ouled Soltane.

    by euzkadi Updated Nov 19, 2008

    We visited some Ksour´s (plural of ksar) during our visit to Matmata, but the special think about this ksar, (besides the well preserved granaries) is that there are people living here.

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    Village of Toujan. Architecture.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 17, 2008

    The architecture of the village is the typical Tunisian style of the south, square houses built with stone or mud bricks, and the Mosque.

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    Landscape.

    by euzkadi Updated Nov 16, 2008

    The Landscape of this area is different of what we´d seen in the rest of the country, arid treless mountains, and hilly, curvy roads.

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    Ksar Haddada Mosque.

    by euzkadi Updated Nov 16, 2008

    This is a new Mosque not really interesting, but besides the Ksar and the Granaries there are few places to see in this lost town.

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    Mos Espa.

    by euzkadi Written Nov 16, 2008

    The granaries of Ksar Haddada are specially famous because they were used as set for the Mos Espa slave quartier in the Star Wars saga.

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