Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou

Located in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, in the Province of Ouarzazate, the Kasbah of Ait-Ben-Haddou attracts many people both from Morocco and outside of Morocco.

Built with towers and heavy doors, it is a striking example of the architecture of South Morocco.

Built around the 17th Century as a fortress, it housed many families, both rich and poor.

It also served as a trading post for travelers on the route from the Sahara Desert to Marrakesh.

Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The compact living quarters are still intact along with the community areas such as the Mosque, the cemeteries and the shrine to Saint Sidi Ali. Only a handful of families live there now and they are mostly associated with the tourist industry.

It has also been the backdrop for many Hollywood films.