Nalut Castle, Libya. Image is combined from three photos
The present town of Nalut is surrounded by the ruins of old villages and settlements, most of which have never been excavated before. Places of interest include several caves and castles, like those of Nalut Old Castle, Tseenan and Teltayeen; several natural springs, like those of Tala and Touneen; and, a number of ancient ruins and villages surrounding Nalut city. The spectacular Berber fortified granary, which has nearly 400 rooms, was originally used to store grain, oil and other produce for safe keeping (an ancient Berber bank). The granary, also known as Ghasro (The Old Castle), is situated on a steep hillside, surrounded by the remains of the old, deserted village. It was said that the castle was built in 1240 AD, while locals say it is at least 2000 years old. Proper archaeological research perhaps can settle the issue.
The Streets of Old Nalut.
According to some archaeologists, Libya is one of the last places left where very little work has been done. There have been five reports of dinosaurs discovered in Libya since 1960. One recent report came from the Nalut area, where fossil remains of a Dinosaur were discovered in the Mardwat region, about 1km north-east of Nalut.
dinosaur bone from Nalut.
Nalut Spring, Cultural & Tourist Festival
Ancient castle door
Nalut Spring Festival, as the name suggests, was established to revive and promote the local Berber culture, traditions, industries and art as part of Libya's sacred heritage. Being on the main route to Ghadames the festival has attracted a number of foreign visitors, in their way to the desert sites of Acacus and Ubari. In fact, many tourists come specifically to visit this festival, as they do visit the festivals of Ghat and Ghadames and also the Festival in the Desert: the Tuareg Festival in Mali.
Nalut Festival: a man wearing traditional Libyan clothes and riding a horse.
The History of Nalut Festival
The first Nalut Festival, which took place in 1976, was a great success and attended by several ministers from the Libyan government. But then the events took the usual turn, and the second Nalut Festival never took place until 2005. After the success of the Third Festival in 2006, the Libyan People's General Committee for Culture endorsed the festival as part of the cultural heritage of Libya. The Fourth Festival was then held in the Spring of 2007, followed by the Fifth in 2008, and the Sixth in 2009 (as shown in these photos).
The Goals of Nalut Festival
The Achievements of Nalut Festival
Nalut Festival: Berber Tuareg Dance.
Traditional Berber-style houses from Nalut.
A traditional Berber Oil Press From Nalut.
Nalut: the beautiful town of Nalut is surrounded by a valley from three sides, providing a magnificent view from its summit, looking down at the plains and the spiraling road leading to the top of the mountain.
A view From Nalut.