31 Mar '14, 1pm
The rammed earth and adobe city of Ghadames
The basic units of the city are its houses which have at least two main floors. Access to a home is by a single entrance door which opens onto a narrow hallway leading to a rectangular shaped room where provisions are stored. At the back of the room a staircase leads to the spacious family living area. The ground-level living space is surrounded by the city's many covered passageways which open onto the city forming arcades rather than open streets. The first floor generally includes a raised attic and bedrooms, and sometimes a sitting-room. The terraces have projecting towers formed by the raised attics in the roof. The open-air terraces are reserved for women allowing communication between terraces to make friends with neighbours and move about the city. The covered arcades at ground level are generally reserved for men. The entire city is made from either rammed earth o...