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Yefren

yefren

The name Yefren comes from the Berber root Afri, also the source of the name Africa and the name of the Berber Goddess Afri. One of the meaning associated with this root is "cave" or "hole ", and hence the troglodyte caves associated with the history of the area, which are also common to the neighbouring Tunisian region. Yefren is a beautiful place to visit, comprising several mountains divided by deep valleys and truly magical groves and little jungles and cliffs that give the city its unique edge.

yefren, nafusa,

Yefren, Ghasru (Castle)

 

As time goes by, the inhabitants of Yefren move from one section to another, or, as most often, new houses are built on top of the old ruins, thereby providing layers of history. The old town of Yefren is now a deserted site of ruins and old houses on the hillsides. In addition to a Turkish mosque, a Jewish synagogue and a Roman mausoleum (see below) the best sites to see in Yefren are actually Berber houses, caves and villages. A truly wonderful collection of stone and mud houses, beautifully distributed across an endless number of hilltops.

 

yefren, old castle

 

yefren ruins

 

Yefren village

 

 

 

a view of fields from yefren

 

 

Qasbat Suffet (Suffet Mausoleum)

 

The tower of Suffet or Suffit is located about 12 kilometres east of the centre of Yefren city. The Qasbah (Qasbat) is a Roman mausoleum located on a hilltop. The following photo shows what remains of the mausoleum.

 

the suffet Roman mausoleum from Yefren

The Suffet Mausoleum