June 15, 2004
Now largely uninhabited, about a dozen houses are open to visitors. There are also a few shops and mosques to visit (just before prayers is the best time). The houses are made of sun-dried brick, white washed and beautifully decorated on the inside. The walls of the principal visitor's room of the house -- majlis -- are generally covered with ornaments.
The interconnected roofs are a curious feature of the city. This enabled the women of the city to meet and visit each other without actually 'leaving' their house. The men went about their business in the lower part of the dwellings and the streets.
Around the city are innumerable palm trees and a spectacular cemetery.
This incredible city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO -- and with good reason, DON'T MISS IT!
From journal Loose in Tripolitania, Libya