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The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate

When “Lawrence of Arabia” was filmed at the nearby Ait Benhaddou, all other kasbahs in Ouarzazate became known, too. Taourirt kasbah is just one of the many in the area. It was once an important kasbah in the country’s trading history with rest of Africa. What I like most here is that only a portion was carefully restored and the rest are genuine parts of the old days.

Outside, the kasbah glows pink at midday and gold in the afternoon. It’s along the highway and right across the Atlas Film Studio Museum.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The facade of sun-baked clay is adorned with moorish designs we all are familiar with.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

Inside, you’ll find small rooms, narrow alleys and stairwells all the way up.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt casbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.




If you explore it alone, you might be lost in a maze of doors and small rooms.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

If you’re tall – that might pose a problem in some parts of the rooms that are low and looks like an attic.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The original tataoui ceilings with incredible designs are still there.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

They’re beautiful, amazing designs.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

If these walls could speak, they’d certainly have a thousand stories to tell.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The windows, the walls and the frames all survived for hundred of years.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt casbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.




If you look out from the terrace at the back, you’ll find the rest of the casbah that’s off limits to visitors.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt casbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

 

If you have time to wander around inside the casbah wall, you’ll find yourself meeting people and merchants selling arts and crafts as souvenirs.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt casbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

Taourirt Kasbah is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

The Splendid Taourirt casbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

Ouarzazate is nicknamed as the “door of the desert.”

Taourirt Kasbah is a UNESCO Heritage Site. The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco. The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

Taourirt Casbah is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

More photos of my trip to Morocco can be found here.

 

 

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