“To walk across a wide shingled dry river bed to Ait Ben Haddou in Morocco is like walking back in time. The Adobe buildings of Ait Ben Haddou are both Bibloical and Arabesque and have been used for the backdrop of films on the Bible and in Lawrence of Arabia. Ait Ben Haddou is a tuely time locked village that deserves its UNESCO World Heritage Status. I hope you enjoy mu photos of Ait Ben Haddou”, Paul Williams.
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Ait Ben Haddou is a Moroccan mud brick adobe Ksar or fortified village located on the southern edge of the High Atlas mountains in Morocco. Ait Benhaddou is situated on the banks of the Ounila River at the entrance to the Ounila Valley, and the site was one of the many trading posts on the commercial route linking ancient Sudan to Marrakesh by the Dra Valley and the Tizi-n’Telouet Pass.
The Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou is a picturesque example of southern pre-Saharan Moroccan architecture. The ksar is a mainly collective grouping of dwellings inside a defensive wall which are reinforced by towers and pierced with two gates. The buildings of Ait Ben Haddou crowd together within the fortifications some being modest houses, whilst others resemble small urban castles or kasbas, family units is the ksar, with their high angle towers and upper sections decorated with motifs in clay brick. The oldest buildings do not appear to be earlier than the 17th century, although their architectural structure and technique are from a very early time in Djebel and in the valleys of southern Morocco. Architecturally, the living quarters form a compact grouping, and the community areas of the ksar include a mosque, a public square, grain threshing areas outside the ramparts, a fortification and a loft at the top of the village, an caravanserai, two cemeteries (Muslim and Jewish) and the Sanctuary of the Saint Sidi Ali or Amer. The Ksar of Ait- Ben-Haddou is an extraordinary ensemble of buildings offering a complete panorama of pre-Saharan earthen construction techniques. Unlike other Ksars in the area Ait Ben Haddou has preserved its architectural authenticity with regard to configuration and materials. The architectural style is well preserved and the earthen constructions are perfectly adapted to the climatic conditions and are in harmony with the natural and social environment.
The picturesque and unspoilt nature of Ait Ben Haddou and its biblical architecture has made it popular with movie makers and it has been the backdrop in such diverse films as The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Time Bandits (1981), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Prince of Persia (2010) to name a few.
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