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The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou

In 30 Km of Ouarzazate, hung on the mountain and overhanging an oasis, you discover the Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou. Ksar is group of buildings (houses and lofts) regrouped behind a high wall.

The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou is really representative of this type of preSaharan traditional habitat. This place inspired very numerous film-makers, since films such as "Lawrence of arabia", « Cent mille dollars au soleil » or else « Gladiator » were turned there.

Thanks to a classification in the worldwide heritage of the UNESCO in 1987, buildings are in a good state of conservation.



The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
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The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
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The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
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Remparts of the ksar
Remparts of the ksar
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Entry of the ksar
Entry of the ksar
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If some families always lived in the Ksar in the eighties at the time of the classification in the worldwide heritage of the UNESCO, today this party of the city is completely deserted.

Now, the population concentrates on the other side of the wadi, in the new city. It is also in that direction that numerous hotels are built.

The new town of Aït Ben Haddou
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The new town of Aït Ben Haddou

The new town of Aït Ben Haddou

The new town of Aït Ben Haddou

The inside of Ksar looks like a museum now, where you can see the scenes of the daily life of the dwellers of ksars, and notably the kitchen there.

Inside and streets of the Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
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Inside of the Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
Inside of the Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou

Inside of the Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou

Street of the Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou

if you go on the height of the city, can you only note that Ksar is a real fortified town intended to protect his dwellers of nomads' attacks...



Ksar seen from height
Ksar seen from height
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