Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

Ait Benhaddou, is a world heritage site, a great example of Moroccan architecture, many buildings in the country take after this fortified city. The city is on the former caravan route from the Sahara desert to Marrakech.

It is in a great location, right near its own Oasis, and of course water. Like many other places in Morocco, people found what they needed, and settled down around it.

The carving in this door is the “free mans” symbol of Morocco, as proud as most of the people are of their country and their king, they are also proud to be free people. This symbol used to be red in the center of their flag on top of a background of yellow, green and blue stripes. The Morrocan flag is now red with a green Star.

On top of the hill, sits a watch tower. From here it is possible to see for miles. It gives a great view of the outer city and the oasis on one side, and off in the distance, the Atlas mountains on the other. This beautiful location is also one of the settings for the filming of Game of Thrones episodes and movies such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Alexander can you think of any others?

Today, there is a nice bridge on the way in, but this bridge is very recent. Before that was built you had to cross by hoping bags.

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