Gallery: Salima Naji’s Preservation of Sacred Moroccan Granary Sites No...

Over the past decade, architect and anthropologist Salima Naji has worked to save the heritage of several oasis towns in the anti-Atlas mountains of Morocco. The Southern Moroccan landscape is dotted with fortified citadels and granaries that were built by the indigenous Berber tribes. These impressive structures hold significant spiritual value and are defining landmarks of the region’s cultural inheritance and religious history. The fortresses served as both symbols of freedom and holy sites for the Berber people, which continued even after the tribe’s conversion to Islam. Naji’s work on four sacred sites, ranging in scale from communal granaries to partially abandoned fortified towns, has landed her on the shortlist of finalists for the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

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