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M'Zab Valley
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 10th century
Date of Inscription: 1982
Location: Africa, Algeria, Wilaya (province) of Laghouat
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Description: Preserved within the M'Zab valley, a 10th century traditional human habitat was built by the Ibadites surroundinig five of their fortified cities known as ksour. The M'Zab architecture-simple, functional and harmonious with its environment-honored the concept of the family structure while also emphasizing on a design inclusive of community living. Today's urban planners look to the M'Zab architecture for inspiration. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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