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Ait Ben Hadou kasbah

Ait Benhaddou Kasbah , one of the most exotic and best preserved in the entire Atlas region. , the Kasbahs was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road , though the first buildings at Ait Benhaddou are believed to have been built since the 11th century. The area was a strategic position on the route from Marrakech, through Telouet, to Ouarzazate and the south. Appearing from the barren desert landscape, the Kasbahs were a major stop for camel caravans carrying salt through the Sahara and returning with gold, silver and slaves. Although towered red pisé is a feature of much of the south of Morocco, Ait Benhaddou has a definite edge over the competition. It comes as no surprise that among all other crenulated offerings, Ait Benhaddou became the favourite filming location of many Hollywood directors. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodom and Gomorrah and for the epic Jesus of Nazareth, the whole lower part of the village had to be rebuilt. In its heyday, Ait Benhaddou was a busy teeming Ksar with fortified towers and reinforced walls. Guards would watch at the top of watchtowers, peering through small windows to keep an eye for invaders. Inside the Ksar, there was a central mosque surrounded by family homes, communal areas and small palaces. In its earlier history, Ait Benhaddou is believed to have housed thousands of people.