You will find pictures of the port of Essaouira with its gulls, cats, but also its sailors. Feel free to discover also photos of Marrakech and images of Moroccan art.
Essaouira, formerly called Mogador by the Europeans, is a port city and a municipality of Morocco, capital of the province of Essaouira, in the region of Meṛṛakec-Asfi. It is located at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and has 77,966 inhabitants in 2014.
Although the region of Essaouira was inhabited since Antiquity by the Berber natives, Phoenicians and Romans, it is only from the sixteenth century that the site is really occupied by the Portuguese, who build in 1506 a Fortress and ramparts quickly abandoned before the fierce resistance of the local population. The foundation of the city of Essaouira proper will be the fact of Sultan Mohammed ben Abdellah, who began its construction from 1760 and made an original experience by entrusting it to several renowned architects, including Theodore Cornut, who traces the plan of the city, and with the mission of building a city adapted to the needs of foreign merchants. Once built, it continues to grow and has a golden age and exceptional development, becoming the largest commercial port in the country but also its diplomatic capital between the late eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. It is also becoming a multicultural and artistic city. © Pictures of Emmanuel Buchot
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