M’Zab Valley

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A traditional human habitat, created in the 10th century by the Ibadites around their five ksour (fortified cities), has been preserved intact in the M’Zab valley. Simple, functional and perfectly adapted to the environment, the architecture of M’Zab was designed for community living, while respecting the structure of the family. It is a source of inspiration for today’s urban planners.

Trivia

  • The city is a brilliant example of a city constructed using traditional and environment adaptive method, which landed it in the UNESCO heritage site list.
  • M’Zab Valley is composed of five walled villages (ksar), which are collectively called the Pentapolis. The Pentapolis village of Ghardaïa is the main settlement and capital of the region. The other four are El-Ateuf, Bounoura, Beni Isguen, and Melika.
  • Interestingly Ghardaya is the only one of the five cities that has admitted Europeans, Jews, Arabs and other foreign elements.

Year of Inscription: 1982

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A traditional human habitat, created in the 10th century by the Ibadites around their five ksour (fortified cities), has been preserved intact in the M’Zab valley. Simple, functional and perfectly adapted to the environment, the architecture of M’Zab was designed for community living, while respecting the structure of the...

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