An aerial view of what must be a remarkable town to walk through. The streets are nonrectilinear and look to be only the width of a cart. One feels like this is an "organic" town that has grown in place over the centuries without central planning. It must be alternately chaotic and fascinating.
Photo cropped from this one, via noctuaries and A London Salmagundi - but original photographer credit not specified at those links.
Update: Photo credit found by reader HeavenlyJane - the photo from which this is cropped was taken by Jann Arthus-Bertrand.
Addendum: This clarification from a reader who lives in the area:
Hi, I'm Mozabit* and I want to correct something. "Al ateuf" is an Arabic word and in reality the Mozabits don't call it like this we call it "Tajnint" because we speak the Mozabit language and there are a lot of wonderful pictures about the Mzab Valley and you should know that M'zab Valley is a big civilization. You're welcome.*Mozabit = inhabitant of the Mzab region of the northern Sahara in Algeria. I found this confirmatory information in the Wikipedia entry:
There are five qsur "walled villages" (ksour) located on rocky outcrops along the Wəd Mzab collectively known as the Pentapolis. They are Ghardaïa Tagherdayt, the principal settlement today; Beni Isguen At Isjen; Melika At Mlishet; Bounoura At Bunur; and El-Ateuf Tajnint. Adding the more recent settlements of Bérianne and El Guerara, the Mzab Heptapolis is completed.