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Ouarzazate Film Studios & A Visit to the Berber House

Between the mountains and the desert lies the town of OUARZAZATE ~ where we visited the huge Atlas Film Studios. These cover some 30,000 sq. metres of land and here were filmed hundreds of movies including The Man Who Would be King, Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars to name a few. We enjoyed walking though these fake/real sets and could easily understand why this area is so well suited to the movie making industry.

In the town of Tinerhir, we were taken to the BERBER HOUSE. Here, we were entertained by our host who described various implements used by the Berbers, and then treated to a mesmerizing display of traditional woven carpets.

THE SLIDESHOW OPTION - UPPER RIGHT OF SCREEN - WILL ALLOW YOU TO VIEW ALL THESE PICTURES EASILY.
The walls of Atlas Studios seem to stretch for miles
The "walls" of Atlas Studios seem to stretch for miles
Guarded by the obligatory ancient Egyptian gods
Guarded by the obligatory ancient Egyptian gods
Through these gates, only Imagination rules
Through these gates, only Imagination rules
Could be any house in any warn climate, couldn't it?
Could be any house in any warn climate, couldn't it?
- only this is but a fake facade, as in any movie
- only this is but a fake facade, as in any movie
Headquarters for an Eastern potentate, perhaps
Headquarters for an Eastern potentate, perhaps
Oriental background for another adventure
Oriental background for another adventure
The scene is set - now, where's that script!
The scene is set - now, where's that script!
A perfect spot for an oration from a Roman senator
A perfect spot for an oration from a Roman senator
See what plaster and paint and craftsmanship can do
See what plaster and paint and craftsmanship can do
Tourists approaching the ancient ruins of - where did you say?
Tourists approaching the ancient ruins of - where did you say?
We expected a scene from the Bible at any moment
We expected a scene from the Bible at any moment
A street corner in any middle eastern country . . ?
A street corner in any middle eastern country . . ?
The truth is revealed when you walk round the back
The truth is revealed when you walk round the back
Our sense of time and place are suspended here
Our sense of time and place are suspended here
A set used in the movie The Mummy
A set used in the movie "The Mummy"
Wandering through the ancient columns of . . . . ?
Wandering through the ancient columns of . . . . ?
No overhead wires, no roads, no planes - perfect!
No overhead wires, no roads, no planes - perfect!
Lawrence of Arabia was right at home in this locale
"Lawrence of Arabia" was right at home in this locale
This looks like a medieval missile launcher
This looks like a medieval missile launcher
Another colossal and convincing set
Another colossal and convincing set
I've always wanted to go to Egypt....
I've always wanted to go to Egypt....
The temples in Egypt are stronger than this, I hope!
The temples in Egypt are stronger than this, I hope!
A real, honest-to-goodness Egyptian frieze (or is it?)
A real, honest-to-goodness Egyptian frieze (or is it?)
A street scene from a Biblical epic, perhaps?
A street scene from a Biblical epic, perhaps?
The details are so very convincing . . ..
The details are so very convincing . . ..
What movie featured these unique dwellings?
What movie featured these unique dwellings?
See from the inside how its actually made . . ?
See from the inside how its actually made . . ?
Some of us recognize these sets from the movies
Some of us recognize these sets from the movies
It's only when you go behind the scenes that you know....
It's only when you go behind the scenes that you know....
Yes, its fake - but so convincing
Yes, its fake - but so convincing
It is so atmospheric in here . .
It is so atmospheric in here . .
The fake and fabulous entrance to the Atlas studios
The fake and fabulous entrance to the Atlas studios
The young and forward-thinking King of Morocco
The young and forward-thinking King of Morocco
From our hotel window, Ouarzazate spreads out
From our hotel window, Ouarzazate spreads out
Our hotel resembles a kasbah in appearance
Our hotel resembles a kasbah in appearance
Our destination is down this little street . . .
Our destination is down this little street . . .
We've arrived at the well-known Berber House
We've arrived at the well-known Berber House
The fabulous and sturdy door to the Berber House
The fabulous and sturdy door to the Berber House
The impressive door knocker on the Berber House
The impressive door knocker on the Berber House
How about THIS for a unique front door!
How about THIS for a unique front door!
Can you tell me what this is used for, he asked . . .
Can you tell me what this is used for, he asked . . .
Our host offers us a refreshing glass of mint tea
Our host offers us a refreshing glass of mint tea
Bold designs and unique colours make it hard to choose
Bold designs and unique colours make it hard to choose
Each fine carpet seems to be the one
Each fine carpet seems to be "the" one
Our host and his helper offer another design
Our host and his helper offer another design
What a wonderful display of Moroccan carpets
What a wonderful display of Moroccan carpets
One of many store rooms in the Berber House
One of many store rooms in the Berber House
He did a great job of packing our carpet for travel
He did a great job of packing our carpet for travel
Shoe shine boy in the town of Tinerhir
Shoe shine boy in the town of Tinerhir
Women doing their laundry on the river bank
Women doing their laundry on the river bank
The palm garden behind the roadside café
The palm garden behind the roadside café
A roadside café displays the symbol for food
A roadside café displays the symbol for food
Window at the roadside café where we stopped a while
Window at the roadside café where we stopped a while
Curious hill-top complex, seen in passing
Curious hill-top complex, seen in passing
Sunset on the road to Erfoud in eastern Morocco
Sunset on the road to Erfoud in eastern Morocco