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A Pearl of the Desert: Old Town of Ghadames


Language: English

Ghadamès, known as 'the pearl of the desert', stands in an oasis. It is one of the oldest pre-Saharan cities and an outstanding example of a traditional settlement. Its domestic architecture is characterized by a vertical division of functions: the ground floor used to store supplies; then another floor for the family, overhanging covered alleys that create what is almost an underground network of passageways; and, at the top, open-air terraces reserved for the women.


on this subject: WHC documentation about this site


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Place/region: Ghadames, Libya, Sahara, North Africa
Series: NHK World Heritage 100
Type: Documentary
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Publisher: NHK; UNESCO TV
Coproducer/sponsor: UNESCO WHC
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UMVS reference: AVFONDS-NHK-362
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