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Hollywood meets Morocco in Aït BenHaddou

The Mummy, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and a lot of Hollywood movies. All recorded in the exotic medieval desert city of Aït BenHaddou. A regular part of most Moroccan tours!

Aït BenHaddou was founded around the year 750 by Berbers under the direction of Ben-Haddou, who according to rumours is still buried somewhere. The city lies along the river Ouarzazate and is known for its beautiful kasbahs built on a hill. These were built by means of loam construction and are together called the Ksar. The kasbahs are reinforced by walls with corner towers with narrow alleys in between and are a typical example of South Moroccan architecture.

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After the publication of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Aït BenHaddou gained worldwide fame. The city subsequently served as a backdrop for many more historical Hollywood productions: The Living Daylights, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. A few years ago, scenes were also recorded for the Dutch film Dunya and Desie in Morocco.

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Also as a day trip
Aït BenHaddou has about 750 inhabitants. Most of them now live in modern houses in a district on the other side of the river. Nine families still live within the old kasbah. Aït BenHaddou is part of many Morocco roundtrips, and can also be reached as a daytrip by 4×4 from Marrakech.

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