Aït Benhaddou – Morocco

Aït Benhaddou, located  in the Ounila Valley, Ouarzazate province at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, is an example of South Moroccan earthen architecture, a traditional pre-Saharan habitat dating from the 17th century and built entirely of local organic materials. 

Aït Benhaddou is a Ksar, a group of housing crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Few of the homes are occupied these days. 

From the hilltop above the Ksar there are spectacular views in all directions, included the modern town of Aït Benhaddou on the opposite bank of the river.

This city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.





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