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Ancient Fortified Village Which Does Morocco Hollywood Proud

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Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco is a beautiful, fortified village in the southeast of the country and has been a World Heritage Site since 1987 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Also known as a ‘Kasr’ the village is a historic ‘ighrem’ or ‘ksar’ (fortified settlement) built along what used to be the caravan route linking the Sahara and Marrakesh in Morocco. 

Built using local earth material, the Haddou is considered to be the prime model of Moroccan earthen clay architecture. 


A cross between Hamlet, Village or Small town was built around ten centuries ago and was an important point along the horse and camel traders’ route back then.

At the moment the Ait-Ben-Haddou remain one of the most visited destinations in Morocco as well as North Africa.

The Ait-Ben-Haddou township is regarded as the most popular station or visitors’ stopover on round trips across the country.

Now, because it is featuring the unique architecture and incredibly magical ambience, Ait-Ben-Haddou has already served as a movie set for many well-known films.

Among the films made or filmed at the Ait-Ben-Haddou include the Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and the classic Lawrence of Arabia.

For most foreign tourists, a visit to this pretty village a UNESCO world Heritage site, seems worthwhile.

Due to that, practically every traveler who has been to Morocco should have seen the largest Kasbah in the country.