Ouarzazate, nicknamed The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in Drâa-Tafilalet region of south-central Morocco. Ouarzazate is at an elevation of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. To the south of the town is the desert.

The town is chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs (locally known as: iɣeṛman) and buildings for which the area is known. Ouarzazate is an important holiday destination in Morocco, as a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Lord of the south kasbah taourirt

Kasbah of Taourirt is one of the most beautiful architectural constructions of the city. This Kasbah was founded in the 17th century before being reworked by the Glaoui tribe in 1882, the Lords of the Atlas.
This Berber building impresses visitors with its enormous mass and the details of its picturesque ornamentation. It looks like a big sand castle in the desert. The Kasbah of Taourirt served as palace for the Pasha of Marrakech, Thami el Glaoui, who rebelled against King Mohammed V when Morocco was under French protectorate.
Taourirt is the name of the village where the Kasbah was built. This village founded in the 12th century still has a medina that can be visited. The Kasbah of Taourirt... Show more

Atlas studios

Atlas Studios is a film studio located 3 miles (5km) west of Ouarzazate. Measured by acreage, it is the world's largest film studio. Most of the property consists of desert and mountains.
The company was founded in 1983 by entrepreneur Mohamed Belghmi. Since then, it has been able to expand, thanks to reliable climate and weather conditions, and because the area is of a nature that can mimic the natural environments of many countries well.
Ouarzazate area is a noted film-making location, with Morocco's biggest studios inviting many international companies to work here. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999),... Show more

TIfeltout kasbah

Kasbah of Tifoultout is located 5 miles (8 km) west of Ouarzazate, in the rural district of Tarmigt.
This kasbah or fortress stands on a rocky outcrop that dominates the Ouarzazate valley. It belonged to the family of Thami El Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakech. Scenes from the film Lawrence of Arabia were shot there. Currently, a part is converted into a hotel-restaurant.

Kasbah ait ben haddou

Aït Benhaddou is a fortified village, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. 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. Inside the walls of the ksar are half a dozen (Kasbahs) or merchant’s houses and other individual dwellings, and it is a great example of earthen clay architecture, which is also used in Moroccan architecture.
Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987[1] and several films have been shot there.

Noor solar energy plantation

Ouarzazate Solar Power Station, also called Noor Power Station is a solar power complex located in the Drâa-Tafilalet region in Morocco, 6 miles (10 km) from Ouarzazate. The entire Solar Project is planned to produce 580 MW at peak when finished and is being built in three phases and in four parts. Total project expected to cost $9 billion.
The plant will be able to store solar energy in the form of heated molten salt, allowing for production of electricity into the night. Phase 1 comes with a full-load molten salt storage capacity of 3 hours. The planned Phase 2 (Noor 2 and 3 plants), due to open in 2017 and 2018 will store energy for up to eight hours. It will cover an area of 2,500 hectares... Show more

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