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Traditional Zimbabwean House

Village house in Kamativi, Matabeleland North, ZW Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/luisferreira/1400938204/in/photostream/

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Tanzanian Doorway

House of Wonders Inside Door Toward the end of an extravagant building spree, Sultan Khalid bin Barghash (reigned in 1870-1888) had built in 1883 a palace known as House of Wonders (Beit el-Ajaib) that was indeed wonderous for its time. It remains one of the largest structures in Zanzibar and is today home to the […]

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South African Xhosa Hut

Xhosa huts are beehive shaped huts with cone roofs known as Rondewels. The walls are made with clay and earth and the roof with grass thatch held together with a wooden brace. A Xhosa family homestead was known as an umzi (pl. imizi ), and several adjoining imizi formed a village. An umzi generally housed an extended family, including […]

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Kenyan style

Not surprisingly it can be quite difficult to find examples of attractive traditional housing in many countries and so the best source becomes guest houses styled in the traditional way. Such is the case with this Kiwayu Island Resort on Kiwayu Island, Kenya. Image source: http://www.fromtherightbank.com/2011/09/favorite-vacation-house-style-6-african-beach/

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Riad in Morocco

Riad Les Yeux Bleus is a historical Rad residence in Marrakesh, located in one of the most accessible and peaceful neighborhoods of the medina, near to the souks. Image source: http://www.riadsmorocco.com/riad-marrakech/riad-les-yeux-bleus/

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Traditional Moroccan House

A riad (shown in the piacture) is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, “ryad”. The ancient Roman city of Volubilis provides a reference for the beginnings of riad architecture during the rule of the Idrisid Dynasty. An important design […]

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Traditional Egyptian House

House in a Nubian village in Aswan, Egypt, located in the bottom of the Elephantine Islands. Image source: http://www.egyptdeaftravel.com/nubian-village

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Libyan Cafe

Somehow Ghaddafi was persuaded to allow one single café to set up shop in the old city .This is what Ghadames would look like if it were allowed to live, if the indigenous Berber culture were not being erased by the regime. Source http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/000641.html

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Traditional Libyan Home

This is what the inside of a traditional Ghadames house looks like. A family still owns and keeps up this house as a showpiece, but they are no longer allowed to live in it. Imagine being forced out of your own house by the state and shepherded into a concrete compound. Source http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/000641.html Technorati Tags: […]

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Algerian interior

A young algerian woman in the salon of her house in the Biskra region. The three sofas are covered with non local rugs Technorati Tags: algeria

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