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Ait Ben Haddou is a "ksar" (fortified village) located in south-central Morocco. 30km's west of Ouarzazate en-route to Marrakech.
The collection of fortifications and dwellings is built on the incline of a barren hillside and was originally a stronghold defend the inhabitants of this trading post between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is an excellent example of local town architecure from the medieval age. It is said that families are still living here to this day, almost as they did 800 years ago.
This picturesque collection of buildings and walls has been the backdrop of many, major motion pictures, including 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'The Mummy', 'The Jewel of the Nile' and 'Gladiator', among others. There are several hotels in the immediate areas along with a few cafe's.
It is generally considered that it is a "must see" stop if travelling in this region. Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.