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Telouet Kasbah intricate zelij mosaic work, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Telouet Kasbah intricate zelij mosaic work, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco, 2013-10-10. 

The Telouet Kasbah stands on the old caravan route towards the Sahara, between Ait Ben Haddou and Marrakesh.

Legend has it, Thami El Glaoui commissioned 300 skilled craftsmen, who worked for 3 years to decorate the ceilings and walls. The craftsmen used “stucco” finely chopped and “Zellij” as colouring for the walls. Cedar was used for the ceiling and they tiled the roofs with green painted ceramic. The result of the hard craftsmanship is a mesmerizing building, whose interior at one time would have boasted significant wealth and prosperity. Much of the older sections of the Kasbah are in complete ruins, and many visitors find themselves lost as they walk through the crumbling passageways and ruins whilst exploring the dilapidated parts.

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Telouet Kasbah intricate zelij mosaic work, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco, 2013-10-10. <br />
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The Telouet Kasbah stands on the old caravan route towards the Sahara, between Ait Ben Haddou and Marrakesh. <br />
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Legend has it, Thami El Glaoui commissioned 300 skilled craftsmen, who worked for 3 years to decorate the ceilings and walls. The craftsmen used “stucco” finely chopped and “Zellij” as colouring for the walls. Cedar was used for the ceiling and they tiled the roofs with green painted ceramic. The result of the hard craftsmanship is a mesmerizing building, whose interior at one time would have boasted significant wealth and prosperity. Much of the older sections of the Kasbah are in complete ruins, and many visitors find themselves lost as they walk through the crumbling passageways and ruins whilst exploring the dilapidated parts.