There’s no doubt that Ait Benhaddou is Morocco’s most famous movie location. This is a kasbah – a dwelling characterized with high walls and are connected to one another. The alleys are small and towering mud bricks are elaborately decorated.
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its great example of true Southern Moroccan architecture.
Ait Benhaddou – Morocco’s Most Famous Movie Location
Ait Benhaddou is in the province of Ouarzazate.
It takes almost 4 hours by bus to get there from Marrakesh.
As you can see, the structures climb up on the edge of High Atlas Mountains.
The towers, palaces and houses are made of red-clay bricks.
Some of the towers are decorated with motifs and other designs.
A small tribe of people thrived here long time ago.
Though the alleys are narrow and small, the community has a mosque, public squares, two cemeteries (for Muslims and Jewish), etc…
Because of its unique beauty and architectural marvel, the place became a UNESCO World Heritage in 1987.
Today, there are very few people who still live there, but mostly those who are selling tourist trap souvenirs.
There used to be a river at the bottom of the mountain but now, it’s nowhere.
What makes Ait Benhaddou famous is the fact that big names in Hollywood came to shoot historical, biographical and Biblical movies.
The first movie shot here was Alibaba in 1954.
Brad Pitt’s was shot here and later won Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globe and Best Director at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Another movie was the historical epic which earned Russel Crowe’s Best Actor at the Oscar’s in 2000.
Jake Gylenhaal came here too for his film,.
In 2004, Oliver Stone made a historical epic film here with Colin Farrell as.
For complete list of the movies shot in this location, click here.
How to get there:
Check with the reception in your or hostel. They have a lot of one-day tours you can join that goes outside and beyond Marrakech.
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