Valley of the Kasbahs and Carpets

Bidding farewell to the beautiful High Atlas mountains we drove down through the famed route of the kasbahs which follows the ancient trade route from the Sahara Desert to the souks and markets of the royal cities. The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. This is a Unesco World Heritage Site. As you can imagine the scenery was spectacular with mud and brick fortresses set atop rocky outcrops overlooking oasis of palms dotting the river bed.  

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