Ait-Ben-Haddou is a traditional southern Morocco fortified village made from clay bricks. The village lies in a valley near the Atlas Mountains, along with an important former trade route and thirty-two miles from the bustling capital of Morocco.
Historically, merchant traversed the Sahara Trade Route and passed through the town carrying spices and gold on their way elsewhere. As the use of this established trade route faded, many fortresses in Ait-Ben-Haddou were abandoned and have since become preserved relics.
Nowadays most citizens attracted by the tourist trade live in more modern dwellings in a village on the other side of the river, although there are four families still living in the ancient village, that are great examples of Moroccan architecture.
Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and it is definitively worth a trip.
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