Ghat is a prominent city located in South Western Libya. During primeval times, this city was a big terminal point for the Trans Saharan Trade course. This city was a monopoly for the Kel Ajjer Tuareg alliance in 1913. At that time, Ghat was a subjugation of Italian colonialists. Italian colonialists were able to maintain control for a long time and in order to defend themselves, Italians built a citadel. This citadel is still present in the city and is one of the best tourist destinations.
The Famous Sites of the City
Ghat was captured by the French during The Second World War and in January 1952, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution with an effect that Libya was a free country. This country has gotten an approbation of being a famous tourist attraction owing to the presence of Tadrart Acacus. Tadrart Acacus is a distinguished arid region located in western Libya. This is very close to Ghat and has a big variation of spectacular landscapes. This region is best known for rock art and is an important part of UNESCO world heritage site.
Ghat also shares the borders with Tassili N’Ajjer Mountains and these mountains are famous for antediluvian rock paintings. There are a number of secondary refuges and villages in the city such as Serdels and Tahala to name a few. Garamantians are usually associated with the development of Ghat in order to protect the country from the South City. The old town of the city is well secured and the populace of the city favors to live in the new housing buildings provided by the government.
The populace of Ghat city is composed of colorful Tuaregs as well as inhabitants from other countries that also reside in the city. One can also notice those women who walk in the street without any kind of veiling. The festival of Ghat falls every year for three days from 29 to 31 December. This festival grabs the attention of the onlookers and Tuaregs from Libya come to partake in the festival. This festival exhibits great dancing performances and musical events. The festival of Ghat is a very enjoyable family affair.
Getting out in this city is considered safe and all tourists can easily reach this place. This city used to connect two of the most significant cities of Libya, Ghadames and Tripoli. The city of Ghat was governed by a Sultan who was not supposed to be a sovereign ruler. Many inhabitants of the city make use of the French language as the city hae been the under the subjugation of a French city.
An annual festival takes place in Ghat during December, a colourful ritual of Tuareg song and dance.