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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Portuguese City of Mazagan, today part of the port city of El Jadida, is a World Heritage Site in central Morocco. The preserved ruins reflect the architectural style of the Portuguese in northern Africa in the earth 16th century.

Mazagan was captured by the Portuguese in 1502. They held on to the settlement until 1769, when it was recaptured by the Moroccans. Under the Portuguese, a good number of buildings were erected. Today that stand as excellent examples of the Manueline style of late Gothic architecture.


Mazagan, El Jadida, Morocco
Mazagan, El Jadida, Morocco
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Among the structures still standing in Mazagan today include the cistern and the Church of the Assumption. The bastions and ramparts that the Portuguese erected can still be seen today. They are a good example of the Renaissance military design that the Portuguese employed.

Mazagan is an important window in understanding the Portuguese at the dawn of their Age of Discovery. The archicture here shows a fusion of elements between European and Moroccan cultures. It sets the stage for later-period Portuguese architecture in India and the Far East.


Cistern of Mazagan, El Jadida
Cistern of Mazagan, El Jadida
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Portuguese City of Mazagan was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in Suzhou, China, 28 June - 7 July, 2004.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N33 15 24.012 W8 30 6.984 in the province of El Jadida, in Doukkala-Abda region, Morocco
Inscription Year: 2004
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV
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