Libya's underground homes wait for tourism revival
© Mahmud TURKIA The interior of a 'damous', a dwelling carved into Libya's arid Nafusa mountains, in Gharyan town, southwest of the capital Tripoli


Gharyan's unique underground houses were hewn into the mountainside centuries ago, and many lie abandoned, but residents of the Libyan town are hoping tourism can help restore their heritage.


© Mahmud TURKIA The underground houses were hewn into the mountainside centuries ago, and many lie abandoned, but residents hope tourism can help restore their heritage


"My great-great-great-great-great-grandfather dug this yard 355 years ago," said Al-Arbi Belhaj, who owns one of the oldest houses in the mixed Berber-Arab town south of Tripoli.
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