Chenini is a fortified granary (ksar) built by the Berbers between two hilltop ridges to protect the village from raiding parties. At first sight, Chenini appears to be an uninhabited ruined Berber village used only as a tourist destination. However, there are still about 600 people who live in Chenini today and you will be able to observe their everyday living as you explore the area.
Upon arriving to Chenini, you will notice a large white mosque at the hilltop which stands out in contrast to the mountainous terrain. If you climb to the hilltop, there is a nice picturesque view of the Southern Tunisia landscape. You will also be able to see a small mosque in the distance known as the Mosque of the Seven Sleepers. According to legend, there were 7 Christians who each lived over 400 years and have reached an enormous height of giants. They took a rest in this mosque after converting to Islam.
If you are a Star Wars fan, you would be happy to know that one of the moons of the home planet of Luke Skywalker was named Chenini.
Chenini is a great hiking place and a must-see location for those interested in Berber history. There are several restaurants at the foot of the hill where you can enjoy a traditional Tunisian meal. About halfway to the top of the hill, you will also find a few shops selling souvenirs and snacks for your enjoyment.
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