Aït Benhaddou

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UNESCO World Heritage site
Ait Benhaddou Pano.jpg
Aït Benhaddou
Official name Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Location Morocco
Criteria Cultural: (iv), (v)
Reference 444
Inscription 1987 (11th Session)
Area 3.03 ha (0.0117 sq mi)
Buffer zone 16.32 ha (0.0630 sq mi)
Coordinates 31°2′50″N 7°7′44″W / 31.04722°N 7.12889°W / 31.04722; -7.12889Coordinates: 31°2′50″N 7°7′44″W / 31.04722°N 7.12889°W / 31.04722; -7.12889
Aït Benhaddou is located in Morocco
Aït Benhaddou
Location of Aït Benhaddou in Morocco

Aït Benhaddou (Berber languages: ⴰⵢⵜ ⵃⴰⴷⴷⵓ; Arabic: آيت بن حدّو‎) is an ighrem (fortified village in English) (ksar in Arabic), along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens attracted by the tourist trade live in more modern dwellings in a village on the other side of the river, although there are four families still living in the ancient village. Inside the walls of the ksar are half a dozen (Kasbahs) or merchants houses and other individual dwellings, and is a great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture.

Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.[1]

Films shot at Aït Benhaddou[edit]

Young girl working on a loom in Aït Benhaddou, in May 2008

Several films have been shot in Aït Benhaddou, including:

Also used in parts of the TV series Game of Thrones.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou". whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  2. ^ CNN, Jon Jensen and Alex Court, for. "Moroccan backdrop for Game of Thrones and Gladiator - CNN". CNN. Retrieved 2017-11-23. 

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