The Functional Ait Kine Granary: A Hidden Gem in the region of Tata
Nestled around fifty kilometers north of Tata, Ait Kine is an authentic and tranquil hamlet that conceals a priceless architectural treasure within its winding alleys. The centuries-old Agadir Ait Kine stands as a fully functional collective granary, a remarkable feat achieved through extensive efforts in its restoration while strictly adhering to the original architecture.
A Resurrected Agadir
With an air of fortress-like grandeur, Agadir Ait Kine is encircled by a majestic wall, flanked by two watchtowers, accessible only through a securely closed gate. Inside, dozens of compartments align across three levels around a large courtyard dominated by an ancient tree. Palm tree trunks are omnipresent, serving as both ceilings and stairs to the upper compartments.
Beyond being a generational storage facility, the Agadir is also the communal gathering place for the hamlet’s residents. It hosts weddings, religious celebrations, and social gatherings. Adjacent to the granary, you can explore Dar Lmrabtin, a sublime traditional house. Dating back to the 18th century, Agadir underwent a comprehensive restoration in 2004, restoring its former glory under the dedicated guidance of Architect Salma Naji, who tirelessly works to preserve regional architectural heritage.
The Oasis of Tagmoute:
A Pleasant SurpriseA visit to Agadir Ait Kine leads inevitably through Tleta Tagmoute. This charming town follows a magnificent oasis, stretching for several kilometers at the base of the arid Anti-Atlas mountains. A lush palm grove, irrigated by an ancient system of saguias, hosts fruit trees, cereal fields, and aromatic herbs.
A leisurely walk is a must, allowing you to appreciate this marvel. As you explore the plantations, you’ll have the chance to meet friendly locals who, over tea, will share insights into oasis life.
Did you know that while oasis and mountain granaries serve similar functions, their construction materials are entirely different?
Indeed, oasis collective granaries are constructed with clay, using palm tree trunks for ceilings and stairs. In contrast, those in the Anti-Atlas region are dominated by rock, forming walls and ramparts. Flat stones set back serve as steps for ascending to higher levels.