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Aerial view of Beni Isguen, the most traditional village of Ghardaia, an oasis in the M'Zab region of the Algerian Sahara that has been decl...

ASA | Aerial view of Beni Isguen, the most traditional village of Ghardaia, an oasis in the M'Zab region of the Algerian Sahara that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The older buildings in the ancient city were constructed using only local stone, plaster, and wood from palm trees.

LIBYA, TRIPOLITANIA REGION, NALUT DISTRICT, GHADAMES, known as the “pearl of the desert”, is an oasis town. Open-air terraces are reserved for the women. Overhanging structures cover the alleys between houses creating an almost underground network of passageways.

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Ghadames, Libya Photograph by George Steinmetz Tight clusters of traditional mud-brick-and-palm houses have stood for centuries in Ghadames, a pre-Roman oasis town in the Sahara. Rooftop walkways allowed women to move freely, concealed from men’s view. Credit: National Geographic.