Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco!

After our half day overnight visit at Marrakech and visiting the places like The Souks, Djemaa el Fna,  Ben Youssef Madrasa, The Hammam and The Koutoubia Mosque. Our next 3 days will be travelling towards the Sahara Desert. You can take  a 2 day or a 3 day tour with a few halts in between which takes us into the intricate culture and architecture and lives of the Moroccan people.

Our First Halt is Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, some 30 kms away from Ouarzazate (a city towards the south of High Atlas Mountain and the gateway towards the Sahara) where lies this historical red clay fortress believed to be built during the 17th century. The village around 1300 sq mtrs consisting of a mosque, cemeteries (Jewish and Muslim), a public square and long narrow alleys tangling in a unique geometric shape.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and when you visit this place you will find few artisanal shops selling rugs, jewelry, and other Moroccan handicrafts. However due to the earthen Moroccan architecture, this place requires lot of maintenance and therefore very few inhabitants currently live here. When we visited it still had the sight of the red fortress and when walk on the narrow alleys to reach to the top of the fortress you can imagine how the people might have lived there.

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