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Ksar Ouled Soltane

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Travel Tips | 1 comment

The Ksar Ouled Soltane is a popular tourist attraction in Tunisia’s southern province of Tataouine. The Ksar Ouled Soltane is a particularly attractive and well-preserved fortified granary built by the Berbers in the 15th Century. A Ksar is a term describing a Berber village consisting of generally attached houses, often having collective granaries and other structures (mosque, bath, oven, shops) widespread among the oasis populations of North Africa.

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The multi-level granaries are called ghorfas and the fortified village is the Ksar. Granaries were fortified to stop raids on a village’s food supply. Ksar Ouled Soltane is located on a hilltop, to help protect it from raiding parties in previous centuries. You can explore all the little staircases and different levels of the structure.

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The building material of the entire structure is normally adobe, or cut stone and adobe. The idea of the ksar as a granary is a confused notion of two things, the granary itself, found within a ksar, and the ksar, which is a village, normally with granaries within it. Ksars form one the main manifestations of Berber architecture.

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Ksar Ouled Soltane is now a tourist destination, with visitors coming to see its well-preserved granary vaults. The Ksar Ouled Soltane is itself an impressive structure built on the mountainside. It’s a fun place to explore, especially if you’re traveling with children.

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  1. …. so the “captcha” code is now working…. lol…. this is still a great article and thanks for taking the time !!