Ouarzazate

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Ouarzazate city

Strategically located Ouarzazate has gotten by mainly on its wits instead of its looks. For many centuries, people from the Atlas, Dadès Valleys and Darâa converged to do business at Ouarzazate’s extensive Taourirt Kasbah, and a modern garrison city was established here in the 1920 to oversee France’s colonial interests. The cinima business progressively took off in Ouarzazate after the French protectorate left in the 1956, and ‘Hollywood’ movie studios have built quite a resume providing persuasively exotic backdrops for movies supposedly set in ancient Rome, Tibet, Somalia and Egypt.
Ouarzazate, known as a gateway to the Sahara Desert, an important destination for desert tour from Fez or from Marrakesh, may look familiar to many, having featured in several Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator and It’s not hard to see why: the town and its surroundings are amazingly scenic, with the town sprawling over a spectacular natural plateau, and bordered by the Atlas mountains and the desert.
The town itself is notable for its many examples of amazing Berber kasbahs, including the Ait Benhaddou, a magnificently preserved quarter within Ouarzazate and now it’s considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Also worth seeing is Atlas Studios, where Morocco is transformed into a mini-Egypt with the sets and props from many of the area’s most famous films.
The city is mainly inhabited by Amazigh-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs. For a long time, Ouarzazate was a crossing point for African traders on their way to the north of Morocco and Europe. During the French colonization, Ouarzazate expanded considerably as a garrison city, administrative center and customs post.
Ouarzazate is very known touristic destination in Morocco, you can visit it during Sahara desert tour from Fez, if you come to Morocco enjoy your desert tour to see Ouarzazat and have a night in sahara desert of Merzouga.

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