Matmata (Tunisia) Reviews
Newest Review: ... day to their old homes which they open to tourists to earn some kind of income. The house we visited was a permanent dwelling. The terrain is suitable to build the houses which are cleverly concealed and unless you are right on top of them you would not know they were there. They start to build the home by tunnelling through the soft rock to form an entrance. They continue to tunnel which then goes into a central circular courtyard. Rare rainwater runs off the side walls and is collected and stored in a cistern below ground to prevent it evaporating in the heat of the dessert. Temperatures can reach in excess of 45C. From the central ope... more
Customer Matmata (Tunisia) Reviews (2)
by - written on 22/01/13, updated on 22/01/13 (Very useful, 91 readings)
On our tour of Tunisia we visited the tiny village of Matmata which is one of the most unusual villages in the North of the African continent in the southern part of the country. Why you may ask? It is because most of the houses are actually built underground. The people who lived in this region had a very hard life due to it being on the edge of the Sahara but were surrounded by small mountains and hills. The troglodyte people of this area used to dig out their houses usually having a central courtyard with rooms leading off from this area. The reason they built these houses underground was to offer them some protection from the harsh and severe temperatures in the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 25/06/01, updated on 25/06/01 (Very useful, 1024 readings)
Where? That was my reaction to being told I would be visiting Matmata. I was then told it's a town of Troglodyte houses, I still wasn't convinved for some reason I was imagining small troll like people living in caves. But then I was told it's where Star Wars was filmed, "oh" I said now rather curious and trying to remember back, (I haven't seen the new version and it's a long time since I saw the old one.) I seemed to remember strange little people living in holes dug into the hills side, and decided it would actually be a rather cool place to visit. (In fact "The life of Brian was also filmed in Tunisia but in Monastir, and also . Read the complete review
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