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Catalogue of the Oasis Museum, hall 20:

Kasbahs and Ksars

Kasbah

All the traditional architecture of presaharic valleys is based on the principal of fortification.

The Ksar is a village surrounded by walls with some watchtowers at different points and one or several huge entrances. Inside there are houses, a mosque, a place for celebrations and sometimes an inn.

The Kasbah is a building with several floors and watchtowers at the four corners and sometimes –not always- a central courtyard. Kasbahs are usually isolated, but one can also find them inside a ksar.

Nowadays, both are being gradually substituted by new dwellings made of reinforced concrete.

Distribution of the Kasbahs and the Ksars in the South Atlas oasis:

Kasbah


Kasbahs:

Kasbah
Kasbah Ait Abou (Skoura)         Photo: Roger Mimó, 1998.

Kasbah
Kasbah Ait Ouzza (Dadès)
Photo: Roger Mimó, 1998

Kasbah
Kasbah Ait Kassi (Dadès)
Photo: Roger Mimó, 2000

Kasbah
Kasbah Ou Rahma (Imiter)
Photo: Roger Mimó, 2000

Kasbah
Kasbah in Tazzarine
Photo: Roger Mimó, 1994

Kasbah Ali Dani, Ait Zilal (Todra)
Ceramics maquet, made by El Housseine n’Ait El Habib

Kasbah
Kasbah Ideriren, Sidi Flah (Dadès), s. XIX

Kasbah
Kasbah del Cheikh Bassou Ou Ali, Tinerhir (Todra), 1945

Kasbah
Kasbah Ait Kassi (Dadès), 1950:


Ksars:

Kasbah
Ksar Tissergat (Drâa)
Photo: Roger Mimó, 1998

Kasbah
Ksar Ifri (Ziz)
Photo: Roger Mimó, 1999

Kasbah
Ksar Tamnougalt (Drâa)
Photo: Roger Mimó, 1999

Kasbah

Ksar El Hart n’Iaamine (Todra)
Ceramics maquet, made by El Housseine n’Ait El Habib

Kasbah

Ksar El Khorbat Oujdid (Ferkla)
1 – Monumental entrance
2 - Mosque
3 - Square to the celebrations
4 – House of the caid

Kasbah

Ksar Tinerhir (Todra)


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Welcome to Ksar El Khorbat. Circuits in Southern Morocco. Rooms of the Guesthouse El Khorbat. Restaurant El Khorbat. Excursions from Ksar El Khorbat. How to arrive to the Ksar El Khorbat. Airports. Transfers. Map of Morocco. International cooperation in Ksar El Khorbat. Prices and discounts to stay in Ksar El Khorbat.