"Ksar Hadada - The Ghorfas" Gouvernorat de Tataouine Things to Do Tip by mariev
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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.
Address: Ksar Hadada
Directions: For Ksar Hadada : on road N 207 - Between Ghomrassen and Beni Khedache
NW from Tataouine and SW from Medenine.
Once in Ksar Hadada, the ghorfa is about the level of the mosque.
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