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.

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Old Town of Ghadamès

DATA

Region
Arab States
Country
Libya 
Category
Cultural
Name
Old Town of Ghadamès
Selection Criteria (?)
(v)
Year of Registered
1986
Keyword
Old City, Registered in 1986, World Heritage in Danger