Ait Ben Haddou – A Traditional Mud Brick Town

Ait Ben Haddou – A Traditional Mud Brick Town

If you have ever heard of Sahara desert, you possible heard about Ait Ben Haddou as well. Ait Ben Haddou is actually a city that has a quite good defense system because like other cities that are located in the desert, this city was also built from mud bricks that is why it is also known as a traditional Mud Brick town. Ait Ben Haddou is located between Marrakech and also Sahara that are connected with a road that formerly function as caravan route.

The Ksar, Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Le Ksar d’Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
Photo by Jena Michel Dentand

The most interesting thing about this old town is that it is often featured in so many films which are related to Middle East, desert, and also Africa. It is becoming pretty obvious because of the look of the city is very ancient. Ait Ben Haddou is also listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage places because it is mostly featured in films as a Jerusalem replacement.

The Mount at Ait Ben Haddou

Mount at Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
Photo by Groundhopping Merseburg

As one of the cities in Morocco, you will never be able to choose when is the best time to pay a visit to this city because no matter what months you will go; it will always feel too hot for people that are not used to a typical weather in the desert. The most well-known landmark of this city is actually its Ksar. You can also reach the city from Marrakesh or Quarzazate by car because buses do not go directly to Ait Ben Haddou. However, you can always ask to be dropped off and find a lift. The prominent culture you see here is probably weaving.

Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
Photo by James Handlon

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