In Matmata there are about 300 still used troglodyte houses built 800 - 900 years ago by the Berber populations of Tunisia.
Usually a curved tunnel was escavated from the external of a mountain to reach an approximately round countyard of about 100 sq. mt.
The yard is similar to a big well as deep as 7-10 mt.
In the walls of the yard there are holes (doors) to reach various rooms that don't receive any daylight other than the little one coming from the door: kitchen, bedrooms, deposits etc. depending on the members of the family.
To be noted that one bedroom was used only for the first night of marriage, and thereafter no longer used or used for other purposes, like deposit.
This system is very clever, because, considering that all around is desert and the external temperature can reach 45 °C and more, the internal climate might be maintained relatively constant and comfortable.
Additionally the house was also a very well protected system from the external possible invasions.
The yard is also used to collect the rare and precious rain that is kept into an underground deposit.
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lousat (81098) 2011-01-14 5:28
Ciao Silvano,bella panoramica sulle case di Matmata,alcune antiche e altre costruite al momento per soddisfare le orde di turisti nei momenti di alta stagione,ottima nitidezza ma colori un po' freddi,sembra una foto fatta con la pellicola...buona giornata! Luciano
wolf38 (31284) 2011-01-14 8:32
Hi Silvano. A landscape like the end of the world. It seems as if time stood still. Your text is worth reading. I think this photo is perfect for TE. Rgds, Wolfgang.
francio64 (39643) 2011-01-14 13:20
immagine accompagnata da una completa nota e che mostra un sito molto interessante.
Ottima la resa cromatica, soprattutto del cielo.
mauro61 (52631) 2011-02-14 9:25
molto belli i colori e questo angolo di mondo in cui il tempo sembra essersi fermato a secoli fa.
Ottimo il POV.