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Medina of El Jadida
©2011 By Tomasz Dziubinski

Medina of El Jadida

El Jadida, Morocco

The Portuguese Fortified City of Mazagan was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, on the basis of its status as an "outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures" and as an "early example of the realisation of the Renaissance ideals integrated with Portuguese construction technology".

El Jadida (Berber: ⵎⴰⵣⵖⴰⵏ Mazghan, Arabic:الجديدة "new") is a port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, in the province of El Jadida. It has a population of 144,440. From the sea, El Jadida's old city; has a very "un-Moorish" appearance; it has massive Portuguese walls of hewn stone. El Jadida, previously known as Mazagan (Portuguese: Mazag„o), was seized in 1502 by the Portuguese, and they controlled this city until 1769, when they abandoned Mazag„o. Its inhabitants were evacuated to Brazil, where they founded new settlement Nova Mazag„o (now in AmapŠ). El Jadida was then taken over by Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah.

According to UNESCO, the most important buildings from the Portuguese period are the cistern, and the Manueline Church of the Assumption. The design of the Fortress of Mazagan is a response to the development of modern artillery in the Renaissance.[4] The star form of the fortress measures c 250m by 300m. The slightly inclined, massive walls are c 8m high on average, with a thickness of 10m, enclosing a patrolling peripheral walkway 2m wide. At the present time the fortification has four bastions: the Angel Bastion in the east, St Sebastian in the north, St Antoine in the west, and the Holy Ghost Bastion in the south. The fifth, the Governorís Bastion at the main entrance, is in ruins, having been destroyed by the Portuguese in 1769. Numerous colonial-era Portuguese cannons are still positioned on top of the bastions.

Nikon D3 ,Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/25 ZF
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Peter Sussex07-Apr-2012 19:36
Great example of your talent. Love this, V
John G Reed18-Mar-2012 12:52
Ditto below. Best. J
Sally 16-Mar-2012 10:28
Beautiful work. Your work is stunning and simply beautiful.
Mark Chambers01-Jan-2012 20:17
This shot is great.
It is so clear/sharp.
The colours are so vivid. big vote!
Monique Simons01-Jan-2012 06:33
I love wandering around markets and this one looks very inviting with those vibrant colors!
Sam_C31-Dec-2011 18:35
Excellent street scene wi th lots of interesting details! V++
Walter O. Koenig31-Dec-2011 15:17
Amazing details in this rich image. Happy New Year to you and your family Tomasz. It was nice to meet you this year. "V"
Jola Dziubinska31-Dec-2011 15:11
Great scene from the souk, well seen. V.
Pierre31-Dec-2011 14:20
Une scène de rue fantastique!
Ken Duckert31-Dec-2011 13:33
Amazing shot Tomasz. There is so much here. Color, life, culture...terrific detail and light. Well done!
DirkM - DMEpics31-Dec-2011 12:37
Nice and colorfull picture ! -V-
Reykjavik Abstractions / StefŠn ”lafsson31-Dec-2011 10:44
That's a great painting Tomasz. V~
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad31-Dec-2011 03:16
Brilliant light and colour.
Jim Coffman31-Dec-2011 02:57
A very nice capture! Well composed..
LynnH31-Dec-2011 02:39
Very view of the busy market! Colorful!! V
soulis31-Dec-2011 02:28
Wonderful work. V.
fotabug31-Dec-2011 02:16
Wow, is that ever a busy street!
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