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The town of Telouet

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General presentationGeneral information
Télouet is a Berber small village which was the capital of the Glaoua country in the mountains of the High Atlas.

Télouet enjoys an exceptional geographical location: the southern slope of the hill is composed of splendid and fertile orchards, while the wadi lmarene - near - allows the culture of fruits and vegetables in abundance.

EtymologyEtymology
In Berber language, Télouet means “meeting room or of meeting”.

SituationSituation

Télouet is to 120 km of Marrakech, to 21 km away from the road which connects Marrakech to Ouarzazate (to fork on the left to approximately 6 km after the collar of Tichka and to go down in the valley).

VisitsVisits

One penetrates in the Kasbah by a large door arched to emerge in a stone paved yard broad which was formerly the large main courtyard. Formerly Berber folk festivals proceeded there under the glance of Glaoua installed with a balcony, on the first floor of the building.
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The balcony ruins some at the entrance of the kasbah.
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The palace with the abandonment conceals unsuspected richnesses: interior decoration, from Andalusian inspiration, enormously suffered from time, but the sculptures of stucco and of plaster which decorate the ceilings, the zelliges which run on the columns and the capitals recall, with the beautiful sobriety of the visible beams, which this kasbah was the theater of dazzling and sumptuous festivals at one time when the power of Glaoua extended until Marrakech. The roofs were in tiles of ceramics painted in green.
The first part, after the staircase which leads to the stage, was a room of reception.
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image.Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image.Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).On the left, the vast dining room of the pasha preserves his ceiling out of wooden of cedar, while small latticed windows let foresee a beautiful panorama on the houses of the village.
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
A sumptuous decoration of stuccos and zelliges entirely papers the walls and the ground.
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image.Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The splendid ceilings in the form of nave are made of wood of cedar of the Atlas to polychrome paintings.
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image.
The rooms give on the countryside by beautiful latticed windows.
Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image.Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image.Kasbah of Telouet. Click to enlarge the image.
Opposite is the dining room, narrower, of the women. This part, entirely closed, was reserved to the legitimate wives of Glaoui and filled, as well as the contiguous room, the function of harem. One can see many the zelliges still there which covers the walls and the columns, climbing up to painted the wood ceiling covered with geometrical reasons.
On the right, a small part, the bedroom of Glaoui.

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HistoryHistory
The kasbah of Télouet, sometimes also called Palace of Glaoui, is a kasbah built between the 19th century and the 20th century. It is in 1860 that the construction of the Kasbah of Glaoua with Télouet was started, beside an older kasbah, the first having almost completely disappeared. It was increased considerably during the half-century, in particular by Thami El Glaoui, during which Glaoua held a prestigious power in the south.

Since the death of the pasha de Marrakech in 1956, the kasbah is mainly abandoned; the Moroccan State drops little by little the site to decay and in ruin: the old competitions are not completely extinct.

InformationPractical information

General information
The kasbah of Glaoui is to 1 km after the village of Télouet.
Visiting timesVisiting times
Tariff of entry: 10 dirhams.

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