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.
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.
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.
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.