"Ouarzazate" Ouarzazate by al2401

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Early in history Ouarzazate was a small stop on the caravan route from the Sahara over the Atlas mountains. It grew into a garrison town in the French period and became the palace of the powerful El Glaoui family who took possession of the kasbah of the former caid (leader). Part of the palace has been restored but the majority is quite damaged.

Ouarzazate is famous for its movie studios. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Star Wars (1977), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000) and Martin Scorsese's Kundun (1997) were shot in the Ouarazate area. (Wikipedia)

It was also the location for an episode of the television series The Amazing Race 10.

The casbah-town of Aït Benhaddou is nearby.

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