Driving down from High Atlas mountains, we leaver the N9 road a few kilometres before arriving in Ouarzazate and we have a break in Aït-Ben-Haddou to eat and visit the village. It is known for its ksar, a fortified city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. The village is made of adoble buildings inside defensive walls with angle towers. From what I read on the internet the village dates from 17th century but it was restored recently. The vilage is very fragile because the buildings can be damaged with rainstorm. Only eight families live inside the ksar today, the others live in the modern part of the village. A lot of films have been shot in the village on last decades, including some very famous : Lawrence of Arabia, Babel, Prince of Persia, Alexander or Gladiator for example. There are other ksars in this part of Morocco, but Aït-Ben-Haddou is the best preserved one.
About the picture ... It was token from the bed of Assif Ounila wadi that was dry at that time of the year. I had not good light conditions since it was token in the afternoon and the sky was mostly cloudy. But it is such a famous place to visit in the area that I had to include it in my travelogue !
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dta (74789) 2014-02-16 7:37
Bonjour Olivier ,
L''éclairage n'est pas si mal que ça . Et comme tu le dis , ce village mérite vraiment le détour . L'homme en bleu au point focal est évidemment un bonus .
Corry (4508) 2014-02-16 20:46
Très belle vue sur ce village fortifié construit à flan de montagne. Très beau contraste des couleurs des maisons, de la verdure et de la personne en bleu. L'ensemble est vraiment très beau. Salutations.
jjcordier (79295) 2014-02-16 21:53
La lumière n'est pas si mauvaise que ça....ou alors tu as bien travaillé en PP. La version plus grande permet d'apprécier la qualité de l'image et la beauté du village et de son ksar.
HimalAnda (10591) 2014-02-17 13:08
Dommage effectivement que la lumière soit un peu terne, mais cela se fait presque oublier grâce à ces djellabas bleues qui ressortent bien !
rigoletto (34279) 2014-02-17 16:11
i couldn't pass by an attractive photo from one of the most beautiful old towns on earth. i miss my tajine dinners i had there by the candle light. i had stayed in kasbah tebi, the big one on the front left. amazing memories...
- Copyright: Olivier THIERRY (chawax) (20374)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 DC Macro, Hoya 72mm PL-CIRCULAR
- Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Morocco / Maroc 2013
- Theme(s): Lieux de tournage cinéma (movie place) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-16 5:22