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Ait Ben Haddou (The Fortified Village )

The ksar Of Ait Ben Haddou or an “Ighrem” ,in our Moroccan dialect, is a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls,and is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat, Ait-Ben-Haddou it is located in Ouarzazate province as well as is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou illustrates the traditional earthen habitat, representing the culture of southern Morocco

Ait ben Haddou And it’s Historical African Events :

According to the merchants and camel caravans’ owners who were carrying quantities of gold, ivory and salt, Ait-Ben-Haddou was the main place to have rest and buy goods because of its rich oases. It was the typical area for those people who used to seek in the middle of the desert.

Ait ben Haddou and it’s classification in the World Heritage Unisco

In 1977, an all-out renovation was organized to the inside and outside landmarks of the historical site. The work was done on a large scale, however.

In 1987, Ait-Ben-Haddou was situated as the unesco World Heritage site because of the  kasr’s architectural authenticity and the extraordinary characteristics available in the monument that hold cultural and artistic values.

A picture of pure nature with charming rich oases related to the brilliant towering existence of the sandy statue; all is created in one place, in Ait-Ben-Haddou.

It is similar to a castle standing still in the face of its enemies doing all its best to protect its people. The gate itself at the entrance of the palace tells much stories about centuries in the past. It is such an authentic site holding all meanings of luxury, history, glory and civilization to both Moroccan and Arabic-Berber culture.


The most attractive feature in this historical site is the welcoming nature of native people. They are famous for their humble outgoing traits; they are good-hearted individuals who welcome all tourists from different countries around the world.

Besides the authentic location with the eye-catching nature, Ait-Ben-Haddou was chosen by Hollywood movies’ directors and the international cinema’s producers to be one of the iconic locations to shot their films.

In Morocco, Ait-Ben-Haddou is the film capital since the natural studios attract the international directors to its available abilities.

Game of thrones

Ait-Ben-Haddou has been the typical destination for filmmaking production, and here is the list of the main movies being shot in Ait-Ben-Haddou:


“Jesus of Nazareth” in 1977

“The Nile’s Diamond” 1985

“The Living lights of Day” 1987

”Condon” 1997

“The Mummy” 1999

“Gladiator” 2000

“Alexander” 2004

“The Bourne Ultimatum” 2007

“Game of Thrones”

“American Sniper”

“Black Hawk Down”

“The Four Feathers” and the list goes long.


Game of thrones

American Sniper

However, the standards of film studios in Ait-Ben-Haddou are first discovered by David Len, the director of “Laurence of Arabs” in 1962.

The narrow historical alleys inside the kasabah clay monument encourage people and various tourists to visit Ait-Ben-Haddou. The visitors are always enthusiastic to come and see the original sites where their favorite movies were being shot and filmed.
In the Aït Benhaddou area, the only parts not well preserved are the badly damaged mud houses (ksours). Although most of them are now in ruins as a result of their former inhabitants moved closer to the modern road, the homes are interesting to explore because each one has a unique charm and tells its own story. There is currently a restoration program in place to keep these homes from further erosion; with a goal to eventually repopulate the village .