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Ksar Ouled Soltane

Ksar Ouled Soltane

1. First courtyard

2. The big courtyard

3. Easy to defend


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The big courtyard
Ksar Ouled Soltane, Tunisia

It must have been a great place for markets — but only early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
There is little here that will protect anyone from the strong sun of Sahara, but it is all arranged for good control over grains and other foodstuffs. The ghurfas must have been easy to organize and divide between families, so there would not be any quarrels over what belongs to who.
Those days are gone, and people need no longer to use ghurfas to protect their food against villains and foreign tribes — but it is not too long ago. Even now, some people make use of the ghurfas for their good qualities to protect food.
But the main use in the large courtyard rests with the man who runs the slightly primive café.

By Tore Kjeilen