National Geographic : 1937 Mar
U' SOME 5,000 PEOPLE LIVE IN THIS POCK-MARKED VALLEY-BUT ONLY AN AVIATOR CAN SEE THEIR 700 HOMES Cave dwellers of Matmata dig enormous square holes in the earth. Each serves as the courtyard of a home; livingquarters, storehouse, and stable are hollowed out of the side walls (page 359). A ramp leads down to each residence. Surface buildings include small whitewashed mosques (foreground and center) and offices ofthe French Administration (upper left). Strolling visitors are not welcomed on this lunar landscape, for they might catch forbidden glimpses of unveiled women sitting in their sunken courtyards (page 362).