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Hollywood of Morocco

The area is also known for its Ouazguita carpets with geometric designs of red-orange on black background.
 

Ouarzazate is a city south of the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains, known as the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Its enormous Taourirt Kasbah, housing a 19th-century palace, offers views of the surrounding rocky landscape, which appears in several films. To the north-west is the fortified red earth town of Ait-ben-Haddou, while the rocky gorges of Toudra stretch to the north-east. A road winds south-east, through the lush palm groves of the Drâa Valley, towards the desert.






Etymology

The area is also known for its Ouazguita carpets with geometric designs of red-orange on black background.
 
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For a long time, Ouarzazate was a small crossing point for African traders on their way to northern Morocco and Europe. In the 16th century, Sheikh Abu al-'Abaas Ahmed bin Abdellah al-Wizkiti al-Warzazi, amir of the Kasbah of Warzazat and father of Lalla Masuda, helped establish Saadi control over the Sous-Dra'a region.[5][6]
During the French period, Ouarzazate expanded considerably as a garrison town, an administrative center, and a customs post.
It is home to the kasbah of Taourirt, which was the casbah of the former caïd and later owned by T'hami El Glaoui.
The Krupp field gun which secured Glaoui power is displayed outside the kasbah today.