The imposing Kasbah – in the heart of the Medina of Tiznit
Journey from Agadir: 1 hour 40 mins / 95 km
In the Medina of Tiznit, you will find the imposing Kasbah of Aghanaj or Fortress of Aghnaj (29.700282, -9.726474) . It is one of the most important historical places in the Medina of Tiznit.
Built in 1810 on more than 6000 square meters, protected by a great wall of rammed earth (pisé) with its five reinforcing towers, it overlooks the no less famous “Blue Spring” or Aïn Aqdim “.
The Caid Mohammed Aghanaj El Hahi (1792 – 1822) gave it its name. The latter engaged in a military campaign around the Oued Massa (on the orders of Sultan Moulay Slimane), decided to install his troops there, to facilitate their access to the water source of Tiznit. Then, Kasbah Aghanaj has had several functions over time (administrative prison, training center and municipal park).
A project aims to transform it into an art museum containing an exhibition hall, manufacturing workshops and a training center for ancestral crafts of Moroccan craftsmanship.
How to get there:
Arriving from Agadir, you enter the enclosure via Bab Oulad Jerrar (29.692703, -9.725123). Turn left by taking rue de l’Hôpital (29.695564, -9.727816) to reach Place du Mechouar, to park. Northeast of Place du Mechouar, all the streets will take you back to the historic heart of the city where you will find the Kasbah of Aghanaj (1820) which adjoins the famous Blue Spring (29.700492, -9.726840) and the Grand Mosque ( 29.699504, -9.726035), whose minaret is bristling with poles.