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 (colourful geometric mosaic tiles) 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.