01 - Visit of the medina

Warzazat Warzazat
1.3 km from centre - Ouarzazate (Gandini B&B )
Duration: 2 Hours
Scale: 1 - 50 people
From Warzazat to Warzazat
Categories: Guided tours
Languages: French
Transportations: • Walking tour
With advice of Latifa, browse through the narrow streets of the Medina of Ouarzazate, meet its people and make your purchases by taking advantage of his experience.

ruines medina ouarzazate

The story of the ksar (or medina) of Taourirt, closely related to that of the kasbah, remains little known. The few information reported in some works do not allow to determine precisely the different phases. According to oral tradition, the Taourirt ensemble was built in the 17th century. Its extension and remodeling would be the work, at the end of the 19th century, of Hammadi Glaoui, leader of Telouet since 1876 and representative of his brother Madani, Pasha of Marrakech.

In 1972, the kasbah of Taourirt was bought by the Municipality of Ouarzazate.

In 1989, the Center for the Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Architectural Heritage of Atlas and Subatlasic Zones (CERKAS) opened in the southern part of the Kasbah.
In addition to a harmonious integration within the environment, the kasbah and the Taourirt Medina obey sociocultural values ​​as an image reflecting the genius of the builders. Monument listed national heritage since 1953, Taourirt is currently split into several parts:
• The southeastern part is occupied by the Conservation and Rehabilitation Center of Atlas and Subatlasic Architectural Heritage. It offers some advantages: restored, with sanitary facilities, an outdoor area and administrative premises (management and administration, offices, technical rooms, warehouses, a multi-purpose room), exhibition spaces, etc .;
• The northeastern part, restored in 1996, is delivered to the curiosity of visitors;
• The eastern part, called "Stara", is occupied by inhabitants who constantly change its architectural aspect;
• The central part is in ruins.

It is important to point out that Latifa is in no way commissioned by traders
of the medina. Its role is only to advise you in your visit and to facilitate
your possible contacts with the inhabitants.

 

Learn more about Taourirt (in French language only)