photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography | all galleries >> About Tomasz Dziubinski >> Awards and Honours >> International Photography Awards - IPA 2012 >> PORTUGUESE CISTERN - EL JADIDA > Portuguese Cistern - El Jadida
previous | next
Portuguese Cistern - El Jadida
©2011 Tomasz Dziubinski

Portuguese Cistern - El Jadida

El Jadida, Morocco

International Photography Awards - IPA 2012
3rd place in Architecture - Historic category


PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris 2012
A series of 5 images "Portuguese Cistern - El Jadida"
Bronze Medal in the category Book Proposal / Other

Portuguese Cistern was built in 1514. This former warehouse (possibly an armory) was converted into a cistern in the 16th century. The underground chamber, measuring 34 meters by 34 meters, was constructed with five rows of five stone pillars. The cistern is famous especially for the thin layer of water that covers the floor, and which creates fine and exciting reflections from the little light there is and the spartan shapes of the columns and the roof. Its visual qualities are such that several movies have been filmed within the cavernous space, of which Orson Welles' Othello (1952 film) is the best known internationally.

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. 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
1/15s f/4.0 at 25.0mm iso1600 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
previous | next
godro31-Oct-2012 21:36
wow,very nice work!!!
Don Cuevas18-Jul-2012 01:06
Mystical. V!
Sarah Rehfeldt06-Jul-2012 23:19
That is an amazing place! The reflections look like tree root structure.
Marco Valk01-Jul-2012 11:08
Vince01-Jul-2012 10:39
Fantastic shot. Excellent lights and tones. Vote.
Chris Morton16-Jan-2012 10:27
in this one the darkness has a part as well as the light
Didier Vanderperre16-Jan-2012 01:09
Daniel Wickwire15-Jan-2012 14:04
Magical, Tomasz!! Daniel.
Terri Steele11-Jan-2012 23:38
WOW! Amazing shot!
JOSE MATA10-Jan-2012 20:53
Nick Powell10-Jan-2012 20:32
Amazing reflections and capture. BV
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography07-Jan-2012 20:21
cos takiego!to jest woda? czy modyfikacja?tak czy inaczej bravo,vote
Dan Greenberg07-Jan-2012 15:12
Insanely good! The composition and your translation of it into an image are fabulous. HDR? A masterpiece for sure! ~VVV~
fotabug07-Jan-2012 13:18
Oh my, this photo is pure delight! A masterpiece! BV
marie-jose wolff07-Jan-2012 11:55
Absolutely wonderful! V
Michal Zaleski07-Jan-2012 09:48
Beautiful shot Tomasz, vote!
Range View 07-Jan-2012 07:26
The thin layer of water certainly creates beautiful reflections. Gorgeous light with superb colour. A stunning capture! BV
Santi Bravo Figueras07-Jan-2012 07:12
Spectacular light.
olivier bruning07-Jan-2012 07:02
shatterbug07-Jan-2012 06:21
John Vass07-Jan-2012 05:46
What a great place! Fantastic shot!
Robert Ballard07-Jan-2012 03:37
This is magnificent.
Jim Coffman07-Jan-2012 03:09
This is just awesome!!!
Char07-Jan-2012 02:46
A wonderful capture of this scene, Tomasz! \/
Carl Carbone07-Jan-2012 02:43
Stunning shot. Love the reflections.
FrankB07-Jan-2012 02:15
that is absolutetly awesome!...a very rare image.....+V
Eckhart Derschmidt07-Jan-2012 01:12
Really amazing!
woody3407-Jan-2012 00:54
Awesome image..those wonderful reflections.
janescottcumming07-Jan-2012 00:46
Magnificent! V
Jim Peterson07-Jan-2012 00:20
great reflections....
Frank Kavanagh Photography07-Jan-2012 00:17
What a fabulous place, a fantastic shot Tomasz.V.
Maurice Nijssen07-Jan-2012 00:07
Wonderful capture !!!
Beautiful composition, light and tones !!! V
Graeme07-Jan-2012 00:01
WoW! What an amazing place to photograph, Tomasz.BV
Marcia Rules06-Jan-2012 23:53
fascinating light, shapes....huge on the "wow factor" ...V
lou_rozensteins06-Jan-2012 23:49
Amazing work. Very well done.
Christy VB06-Jan-2012 23:48
Mesmerizing! The reflections and the building are spectacular - your photography - excellent!
Type your message and click Add Comment
It is best to login or register first but you may post as a guest.
Enter an optional name and contact email address. Name
Name Email
help private comment