Visiting the Ben Nasrs in their troglodyte house, Matmata, Tunisia

by Rashmee

Posted on May 28, 2018


We turn up at the Ben Nasrs’ family home in western Matmata. Here’s a handy landmark, we’re told, to find the house. Two round domes, denoting the tombs of marabouts or holy men, stand in the hills almost exactly in front of the house. (I’m not sure that’s enough to get me there!) The Ben … Continue reading “Visiting the Ben Nasrs in their troglodyte house, Matmata, Tunisia”

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Tunisia’s troglodytes follow a different script from Star Wars

by Rashmee

Posted on May 27, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


MATMATA, Tunisia — Najet sits in her kitchen about 6 metres below ground level. It has no running water nor any of the other basic conveniences much of the world takes for granted but Najet has no plans to leave the 300-year-old house in the southern Tunisian town of Matmata. “It’s cooler (than above ground),” she says … Continue reading “Tunisia’s troglodytes follow a different script from Star Wars”

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A distinctly European sensibility in a Tunisian troglodyte house

by Rashmee

Posted on May 19, 2018


We walk into the Trait d’Union, Tijma, Matmata in distant south-eastern Tunisia. The Libyan border is about 150 km away. Trait d’Union is a 350-year-old troglodyte house that now takes in paying visitors. Seven generations of one troglodyte family lived there from the early 1600s. In 1967, after the natural disaster that locals call “the … Continue reading “A distinctly European sensibility in a Tunisian troglodyte house”

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In Old Matmata, Tunisia, they still live below the ground as for centuries

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2018


Off to Matmata, the Berber town in southern Tunisia, where some of the locals still live the way their ancestors did – underground. Until 51 years ago, the troglodyte buildings were basically unknown to the world. No one knew they were there and once they did, the settlement of Matmata was built above-ground. But the … Continue reading “In Old Matmata, Tunisia, they still live below the ground as for centuries”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK