Ait-Ben-Haddou / Chef Chris Colburn

Ait-Ben-Haddou | Ounila Valley, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Located in the foothills on the southern slopes of the High Atlas in the Province of Ouarzazate, the site of Ait-Ben-Haddou is the most famous ksar in the Ounila Valley. The Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou is a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture.

Ait-Ben-Haddou / Ouarzazate, Morocco / Chef Chris ColburnInside the defensive walls which are reinforced by angle towers and pierced with a baffle gate, houses crowd together – some modest, others resembling small urban castles with their high angle towers and upper sections decorated with motifs in clay brick.

Ait-Ben-Haddou / Ouarzazate, Morocco / Chef Chris ColburnIt’s an extraordinary ensemble of buildings offering a complete panorama of pre-Saharan earthen construction techniques.

Ait-Ben-Haddou / Ouarzazate, MoroccoThis UNESCO World Heritage site serves as a backdrop for HBO’s Game of Thrones as well as many Hollywood films including:

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