Aït Benhaddou

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Aït Benhaddou at evening light
Type Cultural
Criteria iv, v
Reference 444
UNESCO region Arab States
Inscription history
Inscription 1987 (11th Session)

Aït Benhaddou (Berber: ⴰⵢⵜ ⵃⴰⴷⴷⵓ;Arabic: آيت بن حدّو‎‎ ) is an ighrem (fortified city or palace in English) (ksar in Arabic), along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens living in the area now live in more modern dwellings in a nearby village, although there are 4 families still living in the ancient city. This giant fortification, which is made up of six forts (Kasbahs) and nearly fifty palaces which are individual forts, is a great example of earthen clay architecture, which is also used in Moroccan architecture.

Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987[1] and several films have been shot there, including:

Also used in parts of the TV series Game of Thrones.

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Coordinates: 31°03′N 7°08′W / 31.050°N 7.133°W / 31.050; -7.133