Ksar Ait Benhaddou, home of Gladiator

In about 190 km southeast of Marrakech, Morocco, lies the attractive village of Ait Benhaddou, additionally known as "Ksar Ait Benhaddou" . "Ksar" within the Berber language, the native language of North Africa, means the meeting of fortified homes surrounded by a defensive wall, and "Ksar" is normally situated on the backside of a mountain to make it even much less predictable and inconceivable to assault.

One fortified home is known as "Kasbah" . In every village, the primary "Kasbah" is the house of the village leaders, with 4 lengthy towers for straightforward monitoring. The streets and doorways of the Kasbahs are small, you may suppose it’s as a result of the persons are small individuals however it isn’t. The small manner is a defensive technique to forestall all deliberate and large-scale assaults, the enemy has to undergo slender locations that may make them susceptible.

Ait Benhaddou's precise development date is unknown, some say it’s from the start of the eleventh century however others consider it’s a latest creation. What is definite is that this is without doubt one of the most stunning and nicely preserved historic villages in Morocco.

Earlier than Roads and Autos, Ait Benhaddou was a station for caravans touring between Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa. They both alternate items right here and return to the wilderness, or cease for one night time and proceed via the Ounila Valley to Marrakech. The caravans carried salt, silver and slaves, amongst others.

Right now, Ait benhaddou is fascinating for 2 fundamental causes: one was UNESCO, which described the village as a World Heritage Web site. One other is as a result of the movie business used the location to take footage of historic villages and ruins seen in films. Probably the most well-known is the "Fencing" and the scene you see within the image was based mostly on meadows proper in entrance of the village. Not too long ago, the crew of "Recreation of Thrones" used the location to shoot pictures of town "Yunkai".

The Ounila River understands the outdated preserved village and the brand new city the place most households dwell. Seven households are nonetheless dwelling within the outdated part and you’ll go into one of many homes and have somewhat mint tea in a dozen dirhams (Moroccan foreign money).

To get to the village you want both transport from Marrakech or Ouarzazate (~ 35 km from the location). Many common taxis supply this service, however you may also contact your journey agent to rearrange your journey. Native guides can be found if you need additional steerage on exploring the village and plenty of eating places within the new village supply scrumptious meals at affordable costs. This web site gives an excellent alternative for photographers to take superior pictures and check their abilities though the solar of Morocco is a superb assist that you don’t get in lots of locations.

Supply by Ibrahim Bereber

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