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Ouarzazate Castle

16 Reviews
Modern Architecture
Open Open from 8:00am-5:00pm
Recommended sightseeing time: 1-3 hours
Address: Avenue Mohammed V, Ouarzazate
Phone: +212-675-046730

What travelers say:

There are many desert tour projects in the streets and hotels of Marrakech. It is very convenient to travel the next day. At 7:30, I embarked on the journey to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert. The scenery on both sides of the road gradually changed from wheat fields to wasteland, and clusters of fluffy grasses crawled on the ground like moss. In the end it became a bare hillside. The Atlas Mountains stretch across northwest Africa, separating the southwestern Mediterranean coast from the Sahara Desert, and meandering 2,400 kilometers. The name of the mountain is taken from the Hercules Atlas who used his shoulders to support the sky in ancient Greek mythology. The ancient Greeks named it after this, meaning that this is the westernmost point of the world. From Marrakech to Ouarzazate to climb the Atlas Mountains, the winding road turns all the way uphill. The old driver drove the car very fast, and when it was close to twelve o'clock, he arrived at the first stop Ait ben Haddou. This Kasabahs (castle) was a gateway set up by the Berbers four hundred years ago to control the golden salt trade route from southern Africa (black Africa south of the Sahara Desert) to Venice. The castle was built on a hill by the river and controlled the valley below. It has been abandoned. It was rediscovered by European tourists in the 1960s and was named a World Heritage Site in 1987. The great director Spilger and others have filmed movies here, such as "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator", etc., which made this increasingly obliterated village famous, and hundreds of thousands of tourists come here every year. Ait ben Haddou also ranked second on the "Game of Thrones" hot location list. There are only eight residents in the castle now, and most of the houses collapsed. There are no signs of past glory. The scene is supported by some new houses built during the filming. The villages built on the hillside are staggered and vigorous. The contour lines are like Manhattan in New York and Lujiazui in Shanghai. The construction of houses here is the same as the domestic dry base. First, straw and clay are used to ram into large bricks, and the base is built into a wall. Then lay the beams of palm tree trunks and rafters made of reed poles on it, and finally a roof of clay and limestone (Lime Chalk). In the hot desert, thick walls cut off the heat outside. Walking in the aisle, the breeze was blowing.

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