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Ksar Nalut – A Fortified Granary in Nalut, Libya
Ksar Nalut is also known as Ksar Lalot. The fortified granary, also known as a ksar, is located in Nalut, within the Nalut District of Western Libya. Ksars created by North African Berber communities are often built on hilltops to protect themselves from raiders. It is believed by them that a safe and secure place thought to have been kept by the people of Nalut for their food. Their cattle were taken to graze when they left town, as well as during harvest time when they moved into caves cut into the rock face.
After being abandoned in the 1960s, Nalut Kasr became a tourist destination. Although the exact date of its construction is unknown, historians believe it dates back to the tenth or eleventh centuries AD. The building was constructed to contain 400 rooms and basements for storing grains and oil.
The capital of the Nalut District in Libya is Nalut. Tripolitania’s Nalut lies between Tripoli and Ghadames, at the westernmost tip of the Nafusa Mountains. Ksar Nalut can be found in Nalut, a building used by local families in times of conflict to store their grain. If you are a history lover, then you must visit this place and experience the lifestyle of African Berber. Further, in Nalut you can also explore Nalut’s oldest ksour, and the Alal’a Mosque (Nalut’s oldest), which was rebuilt in 1312 CE.