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El Jadida Fortress
©2011 By Tomasz Dziubinski

El Jadida Fortress

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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MummaDragon18-May-2012 10:07
Great explanation to go with a beautiful shot. V.
Mark Chambers13-May-2012 19:59
The blues are great on this shot.
The composition works very well. V
soulis01-Jan-2012 02:19
Great shot. V.
Vickie BROWN31-Dec-2011 19:35
Magnificent view and such gorgeous blue, Tomasz! BV
Have a happiness and healthy 2012.
Tom Munson31-Dec-2011 18:36
Wonerful color, light and compoaition!
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak31-Dec-2011 18:34
Beautiful image!
Sam_C31-Dec-2011 18:33
Superb shot! V++
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad31-Dec-2011 18:23
faye white31-Dec-2011 17:16
William Barletta31-Dec-2011 17:04
A fabulous view. Happy New Year Tomasz.
Johnny JAG31-Dec-2011 16:56
Lovely blues all round.
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography31-Dec-2011 16:44
nice,lubie takie proporcje
Frank Kavanagh Photography31-Dec-2011 16:22
What a beautiful looking place, a great shot.V.
Milan Vogrin31-Dec-2011 16:22
Great place and photo. V!
Graeme31-Dec-2011 15:53
This is an amazing perspective of such a wonderful view, Tomasz. Well done!BV
irena31-Dec-2011 15:46
Wonderful composition! V
Jola Dziubinska31-Dec-2011 15:35
Beautiful, love the blue sky, ocean. and shadows. V.
fotabug31-Dec-2011 15:30
Beautiful! It does look like it was well fortified.
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