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Kasbah of Thami Glaoui

While the exterior of the kasbah appears quite dilapidated, it still showcases some of the most exquisite Andalusian decorations, featuring painted cedar ceilings reminiscent of the architecture in Marrakech and Fes. Constructed in 1860, the kasbah was owned by the Glaoui family. In the early 1900s, Thami Glaoui governed Marrakech, and the kasbah became one of his official residences. Thami spared no effort in transforming it into a palace. The kasbah stands as a testament to a rich history. Consider hiring a guide to delve into its fascinating story.

Pacha Glaoui

Thami Glaoui, known as the Lord of the Atlas and the governor of Marrakech, considered the Kasbah one of his main residences. During the French occupation, the Glaoui family wielded significant power, controlling much of the southeast of Morocco. While Thami Glaoui served as the Pasha of Marrakech, he allied with the French against Sultan Mohamed V. Consequently, he was declared a traitor and lost his dominance after Morocco gained independence.

Ahwach Dance

The Ahwach dance is a prominent folkloric dance in the region, with some historians suggesting its origin in Telouet. Ouarzazate hosts an annual Ahwach festival featuring traditional Moroccan dances. If you’re fortunate, you might encounter the Telouet Ahwach group performing inside the Kasbah.

Ounila valley

Telouet would have a different story without the Ounila Valley, one of the main caravan routes from the Draa Valley to Marrakech. Ounila is home to numerous villages and kasbahs, including the most famous one in Morocco, Ksar Ait Ben Haddou.

Ounila valley

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