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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another view of the village, the ksar is divided in two courtyards each of wich has the typical multi-stored arched cellars.
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.
The architecture of the village is the typical Tunisian style of the south, square houses built with stone or mud bricks, and the Mosque.
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.
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.
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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