Heritage Village "Djerba Heritage" in Tunisia
Djerba Heritage is a classic "Heritage Village" - an attraction very popular in the Arab countries, especially in the Arab Emirates , where there are more than two dozen such places.
The essence of the "Heritage Village" is simple. On a small plot of land, traditional houses of local residents are reproduced, filled with household objects, pets and several actors depicting the ancient inhabitants of the locality.
Tourists can see first hand the way of life in the old days, and local people can "touch" the past of their people.
Each such place is interesting in its own way, because the way of life of people was very different from region to region. The Heritage Village on Djerba is no exception.
Where is Djerba Heritage
The village is in the Djerba Explore park in Tunisia on the island of Djerba . This park was specially created for tourists, this is part of the program for the development of the tourist industry in the region.
The park consists of three parts - Crocodile farm , the Lell Hadriya museum and this thematic village.
Djerba Explore Park is located right in the center of the tourist zone of Djerba Island, which we highlighted in green on the map to the left.
How to get there
From any hotel in the island you can get cheap by taxi , the trip will cost no more than 15 Tunisian dinars (the price for the most distant hotel).
Some hotels are within walking distance of Djerba Explore Park, check by cards. Another option is to go on an organized sightseeing trip, which is usually called "DjerbaHood" and includes a visit to the park and the village of Erriad .
Ticket prices and excursions
Entrance tickets cost: 15 dinars for an adult and 8 dinars for a child (from 2 to 12 years). Children under 2 years old are free of charge. Tickets can be bought at the ticket office in the building of the Lell Hadriya Museum.
The photo on the right shows the tickets, with an orange strip - it's a ticket for an adult visitor, with a green strip - for children.
As it is easy to see, the ticket is divided into three parts, and 15 dinars is the price for visiting all three parts of the park. You can only buy such a ticket. You can not buy a ticket, for example, only in Djerba Heritage or just Crocodile farm.
An organized tour costs $ 20 to $ 35 for an adult and $ 10 to $ 18 for a child, the price will depend heavily on the greed of the tour vendor.
Opening hours of the park and village Djerba Heritage
Djerba Heritage Village operates:
- from 9 am to 19 pm between 1 June and 30 September.
- from 9 am to 6 pm between 1 October and 31 May.
How to schedule time
We advise you to come to the park Djerba Explore about 13-30, just after dinner at the hotel. Then buy tickets at the ticket office and go look Djerba Heritage. Organized tourist groups come here from 14-30, and you can avoid meeting with these crowds of tourists.
One hour for inspection Djerba Heritage will suffice "for eyes". And when the groups of tourists just start to pass into the park, you can already go to the crocodile farm, where you will watch the crocodiles almost alone.
If you came with an organized group, then about 14-30 you will arrive in the park Djerba Explore, and about 16-45 will leave again.
What is Djebra Heritage?
This is the classic menzel of the island of Djerba. Menzel is a piece of land with a house in the center, it's an Arabic word that literally translates as "house" (in the sense of structure). Here there is a little confusion, as the house itself, which is in the center, is called the word "houch".
Over time, the word "menzel" began to be called a lot more. For example, Djerbians call so hotels. Pay attention to the names of the hotels: El Mouradi Djerba Menzel or Menzel El Kateb Hotel.
Several families of the same genus lived on the site of the memorial, they led a common household. It is not surprising, on the arid island of Djerba it was problematic to survive the family alone.
In addition, Djerba has always been a very dangerous place, and the families together not only plowed and sowed, but also defended from raids by pirates and slavers.
What tourists are showing is a well
The well is the main attraction in Djerba Heritage. In the center of each mensel was a well, because in this area without irrigation nothing really grow. Wells dug to a depth of 5 to 20 meters, although in some places before the aquifers had to dig and 50 meters.
Well in Djerba Heritage is very shallow, look at the photo on the right. Click on the photo to enlarge. There are a lot of such wells on Djerba, but most of them do not function and perform purely decorative functions.
All planting plants were built in relation to the well. Fruits and vegetables were planted close to it (up to 50 meters), as they demanded daily irrigation. Slightly further beans and cereals. And further away date palms and olive trees, these plants are the most unpretentious.
The waters from the well needed to be raised very much, and for this purpose the pull of the camel was used. The water was raised in large leather containers and poured into a special system of aqueducts, along which it was distributed to the fields.
Camel in Djerba Heritage, of course, is. Tourists like to be photographed with him. If a lot of visitors are gathered around the well, then the actor shows the procedure for obtaining water from the well. See the small photo gallery below.
If you order an excursion, then this spectacle is guaranteed, the actor will ask to show the guide. If you drive on your own, then nothing is guaranteed.
What tourists show - house-hauch
A traditional house on Djerba is called "houch". He performed many functions, was not only a place for recreation.
Look at the photo on the left, click on the photo to enlarge. If it seemed that he looks more like a fortress than a house, then you are absolutely right. Exactly!
The coach served not only as a place for resting Djerbians, but also as a defensive structure. Djerba Island in the Middle Ages was the main pirate base and the main slave market in the Mediterranean. The situation here has always been troubled, and the saying "my house is my fortress" on Djerba was taken literally.
In the house you can see many elements clearly intended for defense. These are narrow doors, in which only one fighter can pass. This door leads not to the yard, but to a special narrow room, convenient for defense.
The building is one-storey, which is also in the spirit of the Dzherbians. The lower the building, the harder it is to notice the raiders. Slightly rise above the first floor are only small rooms, to which lead narrow ladders. These rooms also used for defense.
House-khouchi always grew up not in height, but in breadth. If a new family was formed, they built their homes on the side. This is a fundamental difference from the architecture of mainland Tunisia, where the son built his house on the second floor above the house of his parents.
Another difference between the life of the Djerbians - beds in special niches, which were called "doukhana" ("doukhana"). See the photo on the right, click on the photo to enlarge. Usually Arabs spread carpets or mattresses right on the floor of the room and slept.
A lot of attention in the houses is given to the issue of microclimate. These are the traditional domes, in which hot air rises, thus cooling the lower part of the room. This and special holes in the walls, serving for ventilation.
Below, see the small photo gallery.
In every house in Djerba, there was a special tank for collecting rainwater and a system for collecting it from the roofs. The problem of clean fresh water is relevant on the island and now - there is not enough water, it is brought here by a special water pipe from the mainland.
Inside the houses, tourists are surprised by the small size of the rooms. In fact, there is nothing surprising in this. Inside the premises they kept things and slept, and slept not all the time, but only on cold nights. On warm nights everyone slept in the courtyard in the street.
In the house you will not find a kitchen. The kitchen was one for all families and was located away from living quarters, so as not to create excessive heat for people. This location of the kitchen outside the house is traditionally not only for Djerba, but for all Arab countries.
In the rooms tourists are shown household items, chests, clothes. The items are not very many. Many interesting things can be seen on the paintings and photos hung on the walls. In the homes of wealthy dzherbiytsev there were tiles on the floor, paintings and carvings on the walls and ceiling. In the house-house in Djerba Heritage there is a very beautiful painted wooden ceiling. See the mini photo gallery below.
In one of the rooms you can find an actress in national clothes, depicting a medieval jerbike. In the gallery above there is her photo. With her love to be photographed by tourists. Usually she is left with a coin one dinar as a tip.
In addition to the well and house-houch, there are several other buildings of economic purpose on the territory. Look, look, it will be interesting. After visiting Djerba Heritage, go see Crocodile farm, feeding crocodiles takes place at 16-00.
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