The Casbah usually had high walls with no windows. People mostly built the casbah on hill tops because then it could be easier to defend. If a family built a casbah it would mean that they were wealthy because building a casbah is a sign of wealth. Around the year of 1830 (in Northern Algeria) there was a great number of casbahs being built, and those casbahs lasted for over 100 years. The word casbah can also be used to describe an old part of a city. In Morocco, there is a casbah that was built in 1121 – 1269. That casbah was then destroyed by the Almohads when they captured the Rabats. The casbah was then again rebuilt in 544 – 1150 and abandoned in (AH 595 / AD 1199).
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