telouet2Glaoui Kasbah in Telouet is one of the most extraordinary sights of the Atlas. It is one of the most maga kasbah along the former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech.

It lies at an elevation of 1,800 m (5,900 ft) and was the palace of El Glaoui family and reveals the style of Moroccan political government and power from late 19th century until the end of WWII. After independence, Pasha Glaoui was ousted from the Bahia Palace and died of cancer shortly after exile in Telouet.telouet3

300 artisans worked on salons faceted with stucco, zellij and painted cedar ceilings that make Marrakesh’s royal Bahia Palace seem like a freshman artisan effort.

Although some of the rooms have fallen into ruin after over a half-century of decay, the 2nd-floor reception rooms still remain its glory as Telouet’s former position as the centre of a trans-Saharan trading empire. Work was underway to restore the property in 2010.

telouetAfter over half a century of decay this kasbah’s interior still stands out with its painted salon walls, the bright Zellij (tiles) and labyrinth of locked doors with dangling silver knockers. The kasbah boasts iron window grilles and finely carved ceilings decorated in a painterly fashion using Safron and Henna.

All of the rooms that still remain include the harem, the kitchens, the cinema and roof top view which is a risky trek but enables you look down upon some of the old courts.