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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Medina of Essaouira (Mogador), Morocco

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Ramparts of Essaouira, Morocco
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[an error occurred while processing this directive] The Medina of Essaouira is a fortified city in western Morocco that has been recognized as a World Heritage Site. Although Essaouira has been inhabited since prehistoric times, it was during the late-18th century that its present medina took shape.

Essaouira was known since the 16th century as Mogador, a name originating in the Phoenician word to mean "small fortress", and was adopted by the Portuguese to call the city. The same word also mean "wall" in the Berber language, and this can be taken to refer to the city's fortifications.


View of Essaouira, Morocco
View of Essaouira, Morocco
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Essaouira owes its apperance to the fusion of European military architecture against a backdrop of African Muslim elements. The result is a fortified city that was well placed to serve as an international trading port of the medieval age. The port of Essaouira provided a link between Morocco and the African hinterland with Europe and elsewhere in the world.

Medina of Essaouira was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 25th session of the World Heritage Committee in Helsinki, Finland, 11 - 16 December, 2001.


A street (rue Mohammed ben Abdallah) in Essaouira, Morocco
A street (rue Mohammed ben Abdallah) in Essaouira, Morocco
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N31 31 0.012 W9 46 9.984 in the province of Essaouira, in Tensift region, Morocco
Inscription Year: 2001
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV

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