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Aït Benhaddou by Vicenç Palà

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Vicenç Palà Vicenç Palà
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0.16 Gigapixels
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1764
Date added
Jan 15, 2009
Date taken
Dec 30, 2008
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Hand held Canon Powershot G9

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Aït Benhaddou (Arabic: آيت بن حدّو‎) is a 'fortified city', or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. It is situated in Souss-Massa-Draâ a hill along the Ouarzazate River and has some beautiful examples of kasbahs, which unfortunately get damaged each rainstorm. Most of the town's inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; ten families however still live within the ksar.

AïBenhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987and several films have been shot there including: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) , The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Time Bandits (1981) , The Jewel of the Nile (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Sheltering Sky (1990), Kundun (1997), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Alexander (2004).


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