Ksar El Mgubel Pictures Photos Images, Tunisia { 36 images } Created 31 Dec 2015

Pictures, photos & images of Ksar El Mgubel, near Teouine, Tunisia. Ksar El Mgubel is a typical Ksar, a fortified village or granary, of southern Tunisia. These Ksour, plural of Ksar, run along the edge of the northern Sahara and were built as granary stores by the nomadic Berbers that plied their trade by bringing high value goods across the Sahara desert. For nomadic people living in the arid Sahara, with rainfalls that might be ten years apart and few oasis to grow crops in, the storing of enough food to keep you alive is difficult. The Berbers solved the problem by building Ksour. Ksar El Mgubel is typical of these Berber fortified villages. It consists of ghorfas which are vaulted rooms used by the Berber people for storing grain. Each ghorfa is a self contained unit and they were built on top of each other in continuous circles or squares with doors only opening on the inside to create the 3 or 4 story high walls of Ksar Hedada. It is entered through a double wooden fortified gate. Ksar Hedada would have been easy to defend from raiding parties as the lack of wood in the desert meant that building ladders or siege equipment to scale its 4 storey high walls was impossible. From Ksar El Mgubel the Berbers would have traded across the desert with their camel trains that would take several months to do the round journey returning with Keeping their food safe was important to the Berber peoples survival as in this region it may only rain once every 10 years and areas suitable for cultivation are severely limited to oasis dotted along the desert edge. From Ksour like Ksar El Mgubel the Berber nomads could head off on their great journeys across the Sahara knowing that when they returned their food supply would be safe in the Ksar. On their return they would trade high value goods for food that would replenish their securely stored food stocks in the ghorfas of the Ksar. Summer resting camps would be set up around the Ksour as travel in the Sahara in July and August is too dangerous with the extreme heat. Unlike many of the Ksour in southern Tunisia were made famous by their use as film sets in the Star Wars movies and were renovated, Ksar El Mgubel remains a deserted ruin. No tourists visit Ksar El Mgubel and local children use it as their play ground. Its faded beauty harks back to the days when Berber traders could make a living trading across the Sahara. Buy Prints & Royalty free download images on line of Ksar El Mguebl Tunisia.

Visit our TUNISIA HISTORIC PLACES PHOTO COLLECTIONS for more photos to browse or download or buy as prints https://funkystock.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Pictures-Images-Photos-of-Tunisia/C0000lMpN5pUP1CM

Visit our ISLAMIC ART & HISTORICAL SITES PHOTO COLLECTIONS for more photos to download or buy as wall art prints https://funkystock.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Islam-Islamic-Art-Artefacts-Antiquities-Historic-Sites-Pictures-Images-of/C0000WMzJTSRGkTw
View: 100 | All