Explore the Ancient Mountainside Town of Chenini

Chenini

Chenini is located 16 kilometers west of Tataouine and is an incredible ancient settlement dating back hundreds of years. The Ksar, ancient granary, is immediately catching the eye with the mosque and its minarets rising as high as the blue sky. The inhabitants of Chenini are the Berbers Zenata. Ever since Roman times, they have been occupying these areas of the southern plateau as far as Algeria. It is very possible that the Berber resistance led by Kahena was supported by the Zenata. With the arrival of Hilalian, they are the first to retreat to the Ksar built during 590 after Hijrah (this is late 12th century). Chenini benefited from the protection of the tribes Ouled Yacoub, Ouled Debbab, and Ouderna. The French protectorate placed the Chenini inhabitants together with those from Douiret at the lead of the Berber district and gave them large pieces of land in the region of Dahar.

Chenini
Chenini

The Ksar is the most impressive building in the city. During the excavations there was an ancient inscription discovered bearing the clear marking of: 590 after Hijrah (1193).

One of the most remarkable sites to be visited is the Mosque of the Seven Sleepers, which as inspired many local legends.

Make sure to take a guided tour to learn about the rich history and culture of Chenini and take time to sip tea or enjoy local cuisine while at the site.

Chenini
Chenini

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