"Qasr al Hajj" Qasr al Hajj by grets

Qasr al Hajj Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 58 photos

A qasr (the word means castle) is an ancient circular, fortified granary, completely enclosed, Berber architecture at its finest and an excellent insight into their way of life. Qasr al-Haj has the largest and the most spectacular example of one of these granaries.

Berber villages

Berber is a name given to numerous heterogeneous ethnic groups that share similar cultural, political, and economic practices, including the Amazigh people, and is not a name they would use about themselves. Amazigh history in this area is varied and far-reaching. Many Berber people have converted to Islam and they will observe and celebrate most feasts, and place strong importance on sprits (djinns). The Amazigh people are not the nomadic herdsmen crossing the Sahara as is often believed, they are in fact mostly agriculturalists who have settled in Northern Africa and played a great part in shaping the history of the region. Berber merchants brought goods from the Sahara along the trade routes to the Mediterranean for export to other countries. Society was divided between those who tended the land and those who did not. At one time, tilling the land was considered the work of the lower classes, while the upper classes were merchants. Over the years the position has changed with the decline of the trans-Saharan trade routes.

  • Last visit to Qasr al Hajj: Feb 2005
  • Intro Written Mar 12, 2005
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  • zadunajska8's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I do hope that Libya becomes safer and easier to visit soon. It has so much I'd love to see one day

  • TheLongTone's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2007 at 5:07 AM

    This building is fairly high on my must-see list. Great photos.

  • VideoDave's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2005 at 12:16 PM

    Great picturs of the troglodyte lodge :-)

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2005 at 5:06 PM

    Blankets do seem like the thing to wear there, for several reasons. The cave hotel looks interesting but better for bears than humans. LOL

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2005 at 1:33 PM

    Stunning photos Grete! The Troglodite Lodge looks great, shame it was so cold. The granary is very impressive. Very interesting. q(~_~)p


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