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"Ait Ben Haddou is a striking ksar, or fortified village, located in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. It's best known for its impressive mud-brick architecture and its role as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historically, Ait Ben Haddou served as an important stop along the trans-Saharan trade routes, with its strategic location making it a key trading post for goods such as gold, salt, and spices. Visiting Ait Ben Haddou feels like stepping back in time, with its narrow streets and well-preserved buildings transporting you to another era. One of the highlights is exploring the labyrinthine alleyways of the ksar, where you can admire the intricate craftsmanship of the mud-brick structures and imagine the bustling activity that once took place here. Climbing to the top of the village offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape, making it the perfect spot for photos and moments of reflection. Whether you're a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of a well-preserved ancient site, Ait Ben Haddou is a must-visit destination in Morocco."
"This Moroccan earthen clay architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. We initially thought we could drive there but you have to park quite far away in a small village, so make sure you leave plenty of time to do the hike. If you love movies like us, this is definitely one for your itinerary - movies like Gladiator and The Mummy were filmed here, as well as also being featured in Game of Thrones 🤩"
"A fortified city situated in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once an important trading post on the caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, and has featured in many films and shows. "

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