The old city of Ghadames, a UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the world’s best preserved oasis towns. Built on the site of previous civilizations, it has changed little in the 800 years since its foundation. It was one of the most significant Saharan trading oases of its time with camel caravans from throughout Saharan Africa visiting here.
It is everyone’s dream of an idyllic oasis. Inside the city walls are shining white houses with unique architecture and interior decoration. The houses are separated by narrow covered alleyways. Natural light from skylights make these alleyways striated by shadows. Around every corner is a surprise, a hidden mosque or a town square. Men frequented these alleyways. The roof level was reserved for women. They could walk across the rooftops and cross the entire city without being seen. It is a mysterious, peaceful and beautiful place, surrounded by well cared for palm tree gardens.