Ait ben Haddou Kasbah
At Benhaddou is located in a valley near the Atlas Mountains’ foothills, about 32 miles from Ouarzazate, Morocco’s film capital. The Hollywood film Lawrence of Arabia brought Ouarzazate into the international spotlight, and At Benhaddou made a cameo appearance in the film. It was utilized as the setting for Sodom and Gomorrah by Orson Welles, and the entire bottom half of the hamlet was recreated for Jesus of Nazareth.
Since then, a slew of well-known filmmakers have followed in his footsteps to take advantage of Ouarzazate’s breathtaking surroundings. The French version of Cleopatra, Bertolucci’s Sheltering Sky, Scorsese’s Kundun, Gillies MacKannon’s Hideous Kinky, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, Black Hawke Down, Oliver Stone’s Alexander The Great, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, and Penelope Cruz’s Sahara are among the recent international blockbusters shot there.
Historically, traders traveling the Sahara Trade Route, transporting spices, slaves, and gold, passed through At Benhaddou and its Ksours on their way to Timbuktu or the Western Sahara. Today, the importance of this ancient trade route is waning, and many of the Kasbahs that once stood along it have become relics… to learn more about places to visit during the Marrakech to Fes desert tour 3 days please contact us or book your tour.
The Dadès Gorge’s geological history began millions of years ago, when the surrounding area was still under water. The tectonic movement eventually resulted in the formation of the Atlas Mountains and the Dades River. With each passing flood season, the river cut a route through the soft sedimentary rock of the mountains, widening and deepening the gorge. The Dades River flows over 220 miles from its source in the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert’s edge, where it meets the Draa River. The gorge’s walls rise to 1,600 feet in sections, and locals have learned to harness the river to irrigate rose fields, olive orchards, and nut and palm thatches. Nomads have lived in troglodyte caves in the nearby mountains for hundreds of years, utilizing the valley as a seasonal gateway to grazing pastures in the High Atlas.
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