Matmata

Matmata

Matmata is a small Berber town in southern Tunisia. The structures typical for the village are created by digging a large pit in the ground. Around the perimeter of this pit artificial caves are then dug to be used as rooms, with some homes comprising multiple pits, connected by trench-like passageways.

Site Information

Country: Tunisia

District: Gabès Governorate

Category: Historic Cities and Regions

Site History: 18th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Berber

Later Cultures: Islamic

Site Features: Islamic Monuments


UNESCO Tentative List

Part of: Cave dwelling and the world of ksour in southern Tunisia

Date of Submission: 2020

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