The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate
When “Lawrence of Arabia” was filmed at the nearby Ait Benhaddou, all other kasbahs in Ouarzazate became known, too. Taourirt kasbah is just one of the many in the area. It was once an important kasbah in the country’s trading history with rest of Africa. What I like most here is that only a portion was carefully restored and the rest are genuine parts of the old days.
Outside, the kasbah glows pink at midday and gold in the afternoon. It’s along the highway and right across the Atlas Film Studio Museum.
The facade of sun-baked clay is adorned with moorish designs we all are familiar with.
Inside, you’ll find small rooms, narrow alleys and stairwells all the way up.
If you explore it alone, you might be lost in a maze of doors and small rooms.
If you’re tall – that might pose a problem in some parts of the rooms that are low and looks like an attic.
The original tataoui ceilings with incredible designs are still there.
They’re beautiful, amazing designs.
If these walls could speak, they’d certainly have a thousand stories to tell.
The windows, the walls and the frames all survived for hundred of years.
If you look out from the terrace at the back, you’ll find the rest of the casbah that’s off limits to visitors.
If you have time to wander around inside the casbah wall, you’ll find yourself meeting people and merchants selling arts and crafts as souvenirs.
Taourirt Kasbah is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Ouarzazate is nicknamed as the “door of the desert.”
Where to Stay in Marrakech
True to its name, Rainbow Hostel is the most colourful hostel I’ve ever stayed in. It’s right in the medina and a few minutes walk to Place de Jemaa El-fnaa. They also have a tour desk. You can book it via HostelWorld.
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