Kasbahs, Beautiful Historical Buildings

The kasbahs are remarkable ancient buildings with a rich history; they originated in Amazighculture. Several are now hotels, and others have been used as movie sets.

Kasbahs in Morocco are fortified structures or citadels, typically made of clay or stone, that were built by the Amazighpeople. They were designed to serve as defensive strongholds to protect against raiding parties and invasions. Kasbahs were often built on high ground or at strategic points along trade routes, and many also served as residences for powerful families or tribal leaders. Today, many kasbahs in Morocco have been converted into hotels or tourist attractions, offering visitors a glimpse into the country’s rich history and architecture.

 Kasbah de Taourirt, Ouarzazate

Located in the village of Taourirt of which it bears the name, the kasbah of Taourirt is one of the most beautiful architectural constructions of Ouarzazate. Its history is so important that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Built in the 17th century by the Glaoui tribe, it belonged to the Pasha of Marrakech Thami El Glaoui, who had rebelled against King Mohammed V when Morocco was under a French protectorate.

In its time, it strongly resembled a large castle with bronze-red walls. It included a royal residence, a mosque, a high square court and storehouses.

Kasbah Taourirt

Kasbah Tamadot, Asni

Transformed into a luxury hotel in 2005, this former kasbah, located 60 kilometers from Marrakech airport, offers a panoramic view of the valleys and the summit of the Atlas and an interior courtyard and a swimming pool.

It nevertheless loses its traditional aspect since the 24 rooms equipped with it are entirely decorated with Moroccan furniture and old interior objects.

Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah of the Udayas, Rabat 

In 2012, the Kasbah of the Oudayas was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This fortress was built by the Almohad sultans Abd el-Moumen and Yacoub el-Mansour in the 12th century. It is on the top of a hill on the southern bank of the capital.

Formerly a haven for pirates who came to sell their Christian prisoners, this architectural beauty contained one of the first palaces in Morocco built by the Alaouite dynasty.

You can discover the oldest mosque in Rabat, the princely house, the military structure of Borj Sgala and the famous Bab El Kbir, the monumental gateway and emblem of Almohad architecture. All while enjoying the breathtaking view of the sea and the Bouregreg River.

Kasbah Bab Ourika, Marrakech

Perched on a hill in the Ourika Valley, the Bab Ourika kasbah quickly established itself as one of the most popular places in the Marrakech region.

It was built entirely of beaten earth and decorated with Amazighfabrics in pastel colors and chic design. Its location is idyllic for trekking, hiking, and recharging your batteries.

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Ecolodge Atlas Kasbah, Agadir

A few kilometers from Agadir is the Ecolodge Atlas Kasbah, nestled in the foothills of the Western High Atlas. This little gem was built by local artisans using traditional techniques and natural materials.

To his credit, he several trophies, such as the ALM Ecology Trophy in 2010, the national tourism trophy in 2009 and more recently, the gold medal at the international tourism trophies in 2015 in London. Thanks to its ideal location and Amazighheritage, this kasbah continues to charm tourists from here and elsewhere.

Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate

Located in the province of Ouarzazate, on the slopes of the High Atlas, the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou is a fortress and an exhilarating example of southern Moroccan architecture. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the kasbah, which has been partially restored, is often used as a film set. The films “Lawrence of Arabia” or “Un thé au Sahara” were filmed there.

Kasbah Ait Ben haddou

Kasbah Amridil, Skoura

Built-in the 17th century on the right bank of the El Hajaj wadi, this kasbah, located 60 kilometers from Marrakech, and once owned by the Arab Nassiri family, is open to the general public.

One of the best-known sites in the south, it stands out for its architectural beauty, traditional decor and the height of its towers. It also appeared on the 50 dirham note during the reign of Hassan II. It was a filming location for “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” »

Amridil Kasbah

Kasbah Agafay, Marrakech

Built in the 18th century and renovated in 1996 by the Moroccan entrepreneur Abel Damoussi when it was only ruined, the Kasbah Agafay is today one of the most beautiful luxury hotels in Marrakech.

The latter enjoys a breathtaking view of the desert, the fields, the High Atlas, and the Jbel Toubkal. The Moroccan entrepreneur wanted to preserve the authenticity of this monument by combining traditional architecture and contemporary style.

Kasbah Agafay

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