Kasbah Telouet

The Kasbah of the Glaouis is not old, yet it is one of the most important sights of yesterday’s Morocco. The story began during the hard winter of 1893, when Sultan Moulay Hassan was stranded here. He, and his army of 3,000 was well taken care of by the two brothers Glaoui, Madani and T’Hami. In return of their services, they were given political power of Morocco south of High Atlas Mountains.

In the years that followed the Glaoui brothers strengthened their position, and when the French came some 20 years later, they started a cooperation with them as well. By the end of the French colonial period, the Glaouis were almost as strong in power as the sultan himself.

Of the kasbah here, little remains compared to what once was. The structures are huge, however, and for day visitors, there will be more than enough to fill a day of impressions. The kasbah is slowly collapsing, and parts of the structures can be dangerous to walk through.

Only few parts of the interior of the kasbah can be visited. The reception room and the main halls are the only open areas. It is quite impressive to find this luxury out here, so far away from the next large city (Telouet itself is a tiny village). Even more impressive it is, when you consider how soft the outer walls are: One heavy rain fall, and it starts to dissolve.

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