Activity: Troglodyte Houses in Matmata

Troglodyte Houses in Matmata –  unique underground structures dating back Phoenician times, and still inhabited by locals today. The houses are carved into the soft rock and cliffs in the Matmata region. This creates a fascinating underground dwelling known for its distinct appearance and practical advantages.

The Berbers dig large pits in the ground forming an inner courtyard, strengthen by palm tree trunks and carving practical rooms, needed in a household. From pantries to kitchen, dormitories and an oven dug underground, everything is built to ensure the comfort of the inhabitants. The moment you set foot in the troglodyte houses in Matmata, the temperature drops a few degrees, the underground dwelling keeping the place cool in the hot summer days.

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