The oasis valleys of southern Morocco are home to thousands of earthen kasbahs and ksours, or fortified earthen settlements. One of the region’s most significant settlements is Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate. This site was the focus of a joint project of the Getty Conservation Institute and Morocco’s Centre de Conservation et de Réhabilation du Patrimoine Architectural Atlasiques et Subatlasiques (CERKAS), which developed a set of procedures for preserving the Kasbah that holistically addressed economic, social, cultural, and technical challenges, and that can serve as a model for similar sites in the region.

More to Explore

Conservation and Rehabilitation Plan for the Kasbah of Taourirt project information

Earthen Architecture Initiative initiative information

CERKAS organization information


Over the last two decades, as part of its Earthen Architecture Initiative, the Getty Conservation Institute has worked around the world to preserve historic earthen sites. One of those sites is Kasbah Taourirt. Kasbah Taourirt is one of thousands of fortified earthen comple...