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AN EXCEPTIONAL SITE IN THE DESERT
Ait Ben Hadu is a "fortified city", located in the province of Ouarzazate, between the provinces of Tata and Marrakech, in the region of Souss-Massa-Draa in Morocco.
It extends along the river Ounila. Most of the city's inhabitants live in the new village on the other side of the river. However, some families still live inside the ksar.
The city was set on top of a hill to escape the glacial winds of the mountains and make better use of sunlight. In addition, they were so close to the nomadic roads of the Moroccan desert, had water and could defend against potential enemies.
Although the landscape is arid and rocky, water is not uncommon. The land is of little vegetation, although there are many date palms, fig trees, orange and lemon trees, as well as other fruit trees such as almond or apple trees.
Ait Ben Hadu is a World Heritage Site declared by Unesco in 1987, it is one of the best preserved kasbahs of Morocco and represents an exceptional example of the forts of the valleys of Draa, Todgha, Dades and Sous .
Ait Ben Haddou has a great demand and recognition in the cinematographic field for the realization of great films like Lawrence of Arabia, The Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, The Mummy or The Gladiator..., an initiative widely accepted by its inhabitants because of the important supplement that the economy of the city and its surroundings.
THE KASBAH (KSAR) OF AIT BEN HADDOU
Architectural complex built of adobe and mud, crowned by towers that serve as defense, in what could be considered the equivalent of medieval castles. In Ait Ben Haddou can be seen how the buildings are made in a strategic position facing a mountain, surrounded by angular towers and a defensive wall.
The date of this construction is not known with determination but, convinced of its importance, the authorities protected this place since 1953. It is crowned by a cliff of about 100 meters high, in which there are remains of an ancient building and from where you can see a magnificent landscape. Its crenellated towers are decorated with blind arches and geometric designs that create an effect of lights and shadows. The exterior walls have two doors to control entrances and exits.
The internal organization of the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou was divided into two distinct parts: the public part and the private part. In public spaces one can find the public square, the mosque and the Koranic school. The private part is a set of houses in which you can see clearly the difference between the normal houses of the village, built on one floor and almost without ornament, and those of noble families, richly decorated.
It is worthwhile to visit the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou carefully, to enter their homes and to know their way of life and their curiosities. Among the most curious details are the locks of the old kasbah houses. They are wooden with a very curious system.
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