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Another one of Ksar el Ferch, a half ruined granary in the desert of South Tunisia.

The following lines are a copy of my last post, which was shot on the same place.

In South Tunisia, ksar usually refers to a group of ghorfas that looks like a fortified village, although they weren't habited by people. Instead, they were granaries of nomad or semi-nomad people that camped near them part of the year. They were fortified to be more easily protected from robbery. Some of them are near or even inside villages or little towns, like the one in Medenine, but others, like this one, are in the middle of nowhere.

Ghorfa means 'room' in Arabic and it can be just that - one can ask for a ghorfa at a guest house or hotel, but it can mean also a small house like these ones, used mainly to store grain, although sometimes they could store other things like straw, olives, or even animals.

With the end of nomadism, much of them are ruined, although in recent years some of them have been partially restored to serve as tourist attractions.

Ksar El Ferch is located South of Medenine, some Kms North of Tataouine, which is a relatively important town of Southern Tunisia, whose name can sound familiar to any fan of the Star Wars movie saga, in which there is a planet called Tatooine. Many scenes of those movies were shot in Southern Tunisia and many sceneries are reminiscent of the landscapes and traditional architecture of the region.

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