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Aït Benhaddou



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Most of the town's inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, eight families still live within the ksar. The town itself is the main attraction, with mud buildings climbing up the side of the hill. The Granary at the top of the hill is impressive and well worth the effort to get up there.

The Mausoleum of Ben-Haddou is at the base of the hill on the opposite side to the town. Ait ben haddou Travel, Ait ben haddou,
The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou is a communal housing compound, typical of a type of construction that is traditional to the Maghreb. The buildings lie in a strategic position against a mountain. They have angle towers and are surrounded by steep defensive walls.

The Ksar consists of larger and smaller private houses, but also communal areas like a market place and a mosque. All are made from moulded earth and clay brick. The walls and towers are often ornamented with decorative motifs. The age of the site is unknown. The town has been protected by the Moroccan authorities since 1953.

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