Cultural Preservation

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The Atlas Cultural Foundation (ACF) preserves rural Morocco’s unique and threatened historic architecture, specifically in the region of Zawiya Ahansal. Despite Zawiya Ahansal’s remote location, it has one of the highest concentrations of historic architecture in rural Morocco with eight ighermin (traditional fortified granaries and/or saints’ houses) dating to between two and six hundred years old. All of the region’s historic structures are built with traditional rammed earth, decorative stacked stone and brick techniques.

This initiative not only preserves the region’s historic monuments but also provides locals with experience and training to continue working with traditional construction and restoration methods. All restoration work is done by locals, is to the standard of the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, and utilizes traditional tools, techniques and materials.

ACF believes that a country’s built heritage is a non-renewable resource and that its restoration is vital to balanced economic and cultural preservation and sustainable growth.

Restoration Projects – Before and After Photos

Ait Ben Hmad Igherm – Communal Fortified Granary
Restoration completed in 2009 – 2010.

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Ait Sidi Mouh Igherm – Saint’s House
Restoration completed in 2011 – 2012.

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Ait Ben Mouh Igherm – Communal Fortified Granary
Restoration completed in 2013.

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Ait Ookdim Igherm – Saint’s House
Restored in 2014 – 2015.

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Ait U Amahdar Igherm – Saint’s House
Restored in 2016 – 2017.

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Ait Sidi Moulay Igherm – Saint’s House

Restored in 2017 – 2018. Funded by Mr. Robert Eckerlin.
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