Tunisia’s Mediterranean landscape is uniquely breathtaking. That includes the underground cave dwellings of the Berbers of Matmata, a small community in the southern part of the country.
These houses are called troglodytes. They are not situated on the side of the mountains but instead, they are built from large excavations in sandstone areas where the ground is soft enough to be dug by hand. Once constructed, these houses are tough enough to survive harsh desert conditions.
After digging the pit, which would later serve as the courtyard, caves are further dug around the sides to create the rooms.
Accessible maze-like trenches become the passageways.
According to history, this has been the Berber’s way of building villages for more than a thousand years.
Such an extraordinary abode seems like a picturesque scene straight from a movie set.
In fact, even Luke Skywalker found it a worthy homestead in Star Wars: A New Hope. Eventually, the house was converted into an underground hotel called Sidri Dris.
These are actual livable houses that locals call home.
These troglodyte houses have been modernized over the years. Some have televisions, a kitchen, a living room and sleeping quarters like any normal home would have. On the other hand, some houses have deteriorated and were either abandoned or converted into warehouses.
Residents mainly live off from tourism, farming and carpet weaving.
Some would like to relocate to another city but they lack the money to do so. Meanwhile, others would rather stay because they prefer the peace of mind of simple living.
More than a tourist destination, Matmata is a historical place that keeps the Berber tradition and culture alive.
Definitely, it is a gem that sparkles in the desert.
These Striking Facades Of Southern Indian Churches Don’t Look Like Churches At All
These churches are intensely beautiful and bold!
Churches are holy places where believers go to worship. The architectural design of all churches, although different from each other, have a similarity which makes them unique with any other buildings.
In the region of Kerala in Southern India, the designs of these temples have been variously influenced by the Western style. Every church is a reinterpretation of the Indian culture by the use of intense colors and effusively sculptural language.
The design choices mostly consist of stars, castles and ships.
The Smallest Desert In The World Is Ironically Found In A Snowy Place
Be mesmerized by this magnificent and one of a kind desert.
At first sight, the Carcross Desert does not look like a desert or anything special at all. Everything in that 600m wide land area is covered with snow. You’ll be able to recognize that it is indeed a desert when you look at the melted crust's cracks and see the sand. This unique desert is in Canada's Yukon.
Unlike the deserts that we are used to, the Carcross Desert is different and is one of a kind. It is as well considered to be one of the most bizarre phenomena geologically speaking. The Carcross Desert was called originally Naataase Heen which means water is running through the narrows.
The Carcross Desert In Canada is the smallest known desert in the whole world at 600m wide.
600 Years Old And Running: The Medieval Clock Of Prague
This beautiful clock is considered an artistic, scientific, and technological masterpiece all at the same time!
In the Old Town Square of Prague, lies one of the most enthralling landmarks of the bustling capital of the Czech Republic: The Orloj, more popularly known as the Astronomical Clock of Prague.
This medieval clock was the most visited Czech monument and is nearing its 608th anniversary. Not seeing the Orloj during your visit to Prague is like missing the Eiffel Tower on your trip to France.
The world’s oldest astronomical clock.