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    Visit lovely Telouet!

    by angiebabe Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    take the road heading down from TizinTichka Pass
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    The Berber village of Telouet, once of the seat of the Glaoui rulers of this part of the Atlas and Southern Morocco - only 21 km off the main road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate just past the top of Tizin Tichka - sits pretty much in a valley behind Morocco's second highest mountain pass so its up pretty high in the mountains.
    It therefore is an excellent spot to escape the summer heat - usually several degrees cooler or more than the heat of Marrakech and Ouarzazate.

    It means though it can be very cold in winter - bitterly cold at night! Its up in the snowline but the snow fall is fairly unpredictable - sometimes early November, sometimes not til late December or even early January! so pretty much best not to assume that travelling during winter is a problem until you actually have snow fall and create a problem.....

    The main roads are usually cleared fairly quickly as its a major route for access to the centre of the country - at all times through the day and night you will see trucks travelling with their loads on the move.
    This is where the nearby town of Taddert near the top of TizinTichka is a 24 hour truck and transport stop providing an array of food and fluids and facilities. Taddert is also where the snow plough trucks to clear any snow on the roads are kept and also the road barriers are here and on the other side of the pass at Ighrem, if the road has been closed - not usually closed til after night fall if they decide to close it. Ive driven through the pass when there was heavy snow on the road, with bumper to bumper cars and trucks and made it okay.

    The road to Telouet used to stop for normal cars 12 kms past at Anmiter, becoming rough 4x4 road but in 2011 or 2012 it was bitumened all the way through to Tamdaght which is great as its a really scenic road - for many years the route of the caravans that carted salt down from the Glaoui salt mines at Telouet down to the sub sahara and beyond....so there are a number of ancient kasbahs and villages along the journey - including Glaoui kasbahs to monitor the old caravan route.

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    check out the views from the top of the Kasbah

    by angiebabe Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Stunning scenery abounds in all directions around the Kasbah of Telouet - and stunning views from its roof - across itself into the sadly deteriorating nearby rooms and buildings with stork nests built precariously on top to across the fertile valleys and villages of Telouet - the old slave quarters and the village centre.
    All surrounded by mountains of the Atlas - the altitude providing the advantage of cooler temperatures during the heat of the summer, and in spring the beauty of snow capped peaks and the adventure and romance? of snow covered winters.

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    opulent mix of colour and design

    by angiebabe Written Jan 6, 2007

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    beautiful paintwork and engraved stucco with zelli
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    The Glaoui rulers of the kasbah, from where they ruled the High Atlas and southern Morocco, decorated this their principle palace with ornate decoration.

    Using Andulucian-style - similar stucco and muqarna seen in the Alhambra in Granada - the rooms have engraved stuccowork, painted wood (cedar) ceilings and doors, and colourful zellij tilework.
    Ironwrought windows let in lots of light and colour from outside throughout the day.

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    BEAUTIFUL rooms in the palace!!!

    by angiebabe Written Jan 6, 2007

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    a beautiful sight!
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    The oldest parts from the 18th century of the palace have now disintegrated to just remainging bits of pright walls and broken pieces, the newer palace built by the Glaoui Lords of the Atlas are slowly deteriorating since the King took back power over Morocco from the french and the Glaoui, and the Glaoui families were exiled from Telouet.

    But the remaining building accessible is still beautiful - you still get to see the beauty of the opulent decoration - rooms with beautiful tiling (zellij), stucco and musqarna - the wooden or plaster stalactite decorations - and painted wooden door and metal of silver or copper ceilings. also known for its lovely ironwork.

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    traditional and ornate zellij designs in the palac

    by angiebabe Written Jan 6, 2007

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    traditonal use of tiling and stucco
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    zellij - or patterned tiling - is traditionally used in moroccan homes, particularly in reception rooms in which guests and visitors would be entertained.

    A colourful mixture of tiling with stucco and paintwork designs on all areas are used in opulent combination in these remaining rooms in which were the reception and harem rooms in the palace.

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    known for beautiful ironwork windows

    by angiebabe Updated Jan 6, 2007

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    lookout with fancy ironwork privacy
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    the iron work windows in the palace were well regarded for their delicate and intricate patterns.
    These particularly enabled the women to have views and fresh air overlooking the surrounds below but still maintaining the necessary privacy hidden away from the public eye.

    Several ironwork windows still remain and especially the popularly photographed main window overlooking across to the old slave quarters and down to the gardens and plain below where fantasia displays were traditionally displayed.

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    Telouet Palace - see it while you can

    by angiebabe Updated Nov 16, 2006

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    grande designs and still beauty to be seen
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    The Glaoui Palace at Telouet is stunning, ornate with expensive decorations but sadly deteriorating - so see it while you can. Its been left to slowly deteriorate since the last rulers lost their power back in the 40-50's.
    I have roamed around this palace many times and even the recent visit I am still impressed by the colours,designs and variety - roaming around wondering how life must have been to live in such a place but probably with its imprisoning rules and rituals.

    Take as many photos as you can!

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    more colour and design to see - spend some time!

    by angiebabe Updated Jan 10, 2007

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    doors and window of the harem
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    This was a room that id visited numerous times but the just as highly decorated wooden shutters over the windows had always been closed - unlike the other main windows that are always open - this particular day amazingly the guardian opened the window and i got a shot -as quick as a shot!!

    Its all a stunning combination of designs, colours and patterns all there together - but sadly the buildings around it are going, going and gone so take the opportunity to see the beauty concoctions while you can

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    look for the lovely muqarna in the kasbah

    by angiebabe Written Jan 11, 2007

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    lovely decoration and design but deteriorating
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    The Glaoui rulers really wanted this place to stand out and be something amazing - master craftsmen were working on this place continuously for years to make it a place of a '1000 and 1 nights'

    unfortunately they were exiled and the place fell into ruin and disrepair - there are still beautiful remains to see while you can though.

    Muqarna are wooden 'stalactite' adornments typical of Andalusian style decoration.

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    beautiful and ornate Palace doorways

    by angiebabe Written Jan 6, 2007

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    nice mixture of designs
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    with years of craftsmen working in the palace for the extravagant desires of the Glaoui Lords of the Atlas there are still very ornate designs to be seen in the palace today - but see it while you can - it is not protected nor maintained and is deteriorating.

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    Walk around the original village/slave quarters

    by angiebabe Written Jan 28, 2008

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    soaking up the sun
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    The village off the main road that runs through Telouet is the original village of Telouet.

    Its a fascinating old village with narrow streets and pathways making their ways in and around the mudbrick houses often closely linked or built on top of one another - with interesting doors and doors and windows placed to maintain privacy in the lives of the families living so closely together here - with their animals as well.

    Being so close to the palace there are excellent views to the palace from all directions.

    Ive several times enjoyed so wandering around the streets and pathways to see and capture what beholds! Especially on a day with glorious day in spring!

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    Beautiful palace in its beautiful setting

    by angiebabe Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    always loved this view over the neighbours!
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    Grande palace in its setting in the valley of Telouet behind Tizn Tichka - the old village is the original slave quarters while Telouet was the main base for the Glaoui rulers, allowed to rule because they were in league with the French colonialists.
    The people, particularly tribes with malcontent of the disunity of the country and lack of power and wellbeing to the ordinary citizen, rose up and caused so much chaos that the French lost their power and ousted out of the country.
    The Moroccan King was returned from exile and the Glaoui family lost power and were exiled

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    The oldest parts of the kasbah

    by angiebabe Updated Nov 18, 2008

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    Before the 'modern' palace was built in the 1900's where the Glaoui pashas lived there was an even older palace built in the late 1700's - remains of which are still on the grounds and make for an interesting roam around.

    Locals live, play and work right closeby - descendants of the slaves and workers that were bound up in the daily requirements of the palace Lords - which accounts for the number of very dark skinned peoples - brought up from the Sahara and Sub-sahara - who live in the Telouet area amongst the berber peoples. And of course more recent immigrants into the town and area.

    Through the years Ive lived in and visited Telouet Ive noticed with the number of tourists - which is really probably not many - that come through Telouet theyve either come whizzing in as part of a huge agency entourage of 4x4 vehicles - stopped for lunch at Telouet Auberge and then taken for a fast tour of the inside of the palace and then whizzed off again - the lucky ones get to see the carpet shop and be taken for a walk through the ruins and around
    the slave quarters on the way to the beautiful rooms that remain inside the 'modern' palace.

    The even luckier ones with inside knowledge - eg the ones who come via Jackies House or know locals - stay and appreciate the area!

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    snippets of the Grandeur and Opulence going

    by angiebabe Written Apr 23, 2008

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    As you wander about the ruins are the exciting little telltale signs of the beauty and grandeur that was here before us - going and gone - the huge cracks that seem to have appeared in the main entrance building of the remaining buildings that can still be entered of the newer palace bring home that 2 or 3 years ago my connections living in Telouet reckoned that only 4 years remained in which the public would be able to enter to see the last of the opulent rooms of the Glaoui - following the loss of the oldest palace which is in total ruins absorbing back into the earth that it was made from.

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    Telouet Kasbah or Dar El Glaoui

    by suvanki Updated Nov 7, 2007

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    Telouet Kasbah or Dar El Glaoui
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    We visited this Kasbah after leaving Ait Benhaddou, on the way to our overnight destination of Tighza.

    To be honest I was getting a bit 'kasbah-ed out'!

    The previous night we'd stayed at Ait Benhaddou (although strictly speaking this is a ksar!), prior to this I'd visited a few kasbahs in the Valley of A Thousand Kasbahs, plus the Glaouis other well visited kasbah in Ouarzazate!

    So slightly less enthusiastically, I joined our group, who were following our leader towards the entrance. We waited while the guardian of the kasbah hurried to collect his huge keys to let us inside.

    From the outside the kasbah was quite ruined in parts, and I was very surprised to hear that this was quite a modern abode- The remaining part was built in the late 19th to mid 20th century- completed in 1945!

    Well - I really enjoyed visiting this Kasbah - it was quite stunning inside, and it was quite shocking to hear that this might not be here for much longer - follow my tips and You'll find out why!

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