Glaoui Kasbah

Top choice historic site in Telouet

The once-glorious stronghold has been left to crumble, and the best indication of Telouet’s former position as the centre of a trans-Saharan trading empire are the 2nd-floor reception rooms. No less than 300 artisans worked on salons faceted with stucco, zellige (geometric mosaic tilework) and painted cedar ceilings that make Marrakesh’s royal Bahia Palace seem like a freshman artisan effort.

After independence, Pasha Glaoui was ousted from the Bahia Palace and died shortly thereafter of cancer in exile in Telouet.