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NEFTA

NEFTA is a town and oasis in Tunisia, close to the Algerian border, and just north of the Chott el Djerid.A town of cube-shaped, flat-roofed houses huddled closely together, with Tozeur-style decoration. In some of the streets the upper stories of the houses, borne on round- headed arches, project over the street, forming a kind of tunnel which offers protection from the sun. It is planned to restore the old town in the very near future.In subsequent centuries Nefta prospered as an important staging-point for caravans.