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Ksar Ouled Soltane

Ksar Ouled Soltane

1. First courtyard

2. The big courtyard

3. Easy to defend


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Simple ghurfas of the 15th century
The two courtyards of Ksar Ouled Soltane offers some of the finest and best preserved examples of ancient ksars in Tunisia. The ghurfas (each single tube room that together constitute the ksar) are placed on top of a hill top, and the exterior is in near perfect condition. Even the interior of the ksar is impressive, and there is little here that is make-believe. A few parts of the ksar is still in use, but the most important function today is served by the new cafe.

Ksar Ouled Soltane, Tunisia

Right after you enter from the modern (and tiny) village of Ksar Ouled Soltane, one of the best views of any ksar appears. the shapes of the light brown ghurfas at this point resemble a pile of fresh bread.

By Tore Kjeilen