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About a 30-minute drive from Ouarzazate, Morocco, or a long day-trip from Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou is a fortified village (ksar) in south-central Morocco. It’s only one of many ksars built by the indigenous Amazighen (Berbers) in the area, but, thanks to its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a setting for a long list of Hollywood films, this ksar, unlike its fellows, is well preserved. It sits in the southern foothills of the High Atlas Mountains on the old trade route between the Sahara desert and Marrakech. Continue reading →
This local gentleman, helping a Ya’lla traveler scale a sand dune, wears the traditional blue robe and scarf of indigenous Saharan groups. They are commonly called “blue men” because the natural indigo dye rubs off, leaving them with permanently blue tinted skin.
Ait Ben Haddou, in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, is one of many old Berber fortified towns or kasrs in the south of our mystery country, a good example of the earthen architecture of the region. The large houses within the kasr are known in Arabic as kasbahs and small houses are ksour. You might recognize Ait Ben Haddou from these films (among many others): Gladiator, The Mummy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, Alexander, Prince of Persia. Game of Thrones too!