🇱🇾 Ghadames or Ghadamis is an oasis Berber town in the Nalut District of the Tripolitania region in north-western Libya. Ghadamès, known as 'the pearl of the desert', stands in an oasis. It is one of the oldest pre-Saharan cities and an outstanding example of a traditional settlement. Its domestic architecture is characterised by a vertical division of functions: the ground floor used to store supplies; then another floor for the family, overhanging covered alleys that create what is almost an underground network of passageways; and, at the top, open-air terraces reserved for the women.
Ghadames lies roughly 462 km (287 mi) to the south-west of Tripoli, near the borders with Algeria and Tunisia. Ghadames borders Illizi Province, Algeria and Tataouine Governorate, Tunisia.
The old part of the town, which is surrounded by a city wall, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Each of the seven clans that used to live in this part of the town had its own district, of which each had a public place where festivals could be held.
Ghadames has a population of over 10,000 people. Ghadames also forms part of the wider Nalut District which has a population of over 93,224 people. Ghadames is situated 335 km south-west of Nalut.