The Kasbah of Taourirt is Located in Ouarzazate. It is one of the most important kasbahs of our route.
Ouarzazate is located in the south of the Great Atlas Mountains and, in the past, it was an important point of connection for merchants between the cities of Morocco and the rest of Africa. It reached its greatest growth during French Colonialism, a stage in which it had an entire administrative structure including the Customs office.
The Kasbah of Taourirt is one of the most important fortifications in Morocco, next to Aït Ben Haddou, located only 34 km away. This type of buildings are accessed through a main door that leads to a maze of corridors and rooms. Around 300 rooms in total.
Built in the 19th century, it was owned by the El Glaoui family. Thami El Glaoui, who is also known as “The Lord of the Atlas”, was the Pasha of Marrakech between the years 1912 and 1956. They told a lot of stories about this character: Some consider him a ruthless warrior and others consider him a good person, but there is no doubt that he played an important role during French Colonialism.
The official residence of the El Glaoui family was in the Kasbah of Telouet, another of our stops on this route, but many of their descendants and relatives lived in this Kasbah accompanied by a whole team of workers who attended them.
It is usual to find in this type of construction some magnificently decorated doors, mosaics, plaster and painted stucco.
We’ll finish by suggesting you about accompanying us to visit these fortifications, in whose visit we will show you, for example, the reason why there are 2 doors integrated in one, or what characters were using the facilities. We ought mention that you’d have to plan the trip with time due to the influx of visitors.