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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
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SLC_Images01-Dec-2013 18:42
Superb, outstanding image!
llukee18-Aug-2013 11:31
excellent !
Such a gorgeous photo...looks like a CG image. Light and shadow is perfect..
smacomber13-Nov-2012 17:55
Well Done! I Really like this one. Big Vote
Gilad Mass07-Oct-2012 08:44
Amazing shot
Fred Gary22-Sep-2012 04:30
Excellent light and reflection. Great capture and composition.
Azlin Ahmad19-Sep-2012 16:42
OMG, this is stunning!!!! V
Richard Cobby16-Aug-2012 23:12
Absolutely georgous. BV.
Matthew Lamoon22-Jul-2012 17:58
Beautiful what a great shot.
cmarsh19-Jul-2012 00:39
MarcViskens17-Jul-2012 19:05
beautiful shot
veraferia16-Jul-2012 15:12
Marvelous image and work!
meekam tam12-Jul-2012 12:07
Perfect reflections! V
Dan Greenberg12-Jul-2012 03:35
This is certainly one of the best images of any kind I have seen in quite a while. Positively stunning and perfectly crafted. ~VVV~
irena11-Jul-2012 06:59
Wow! How beautiful reflection and colours! The light is excellent and production too. VVV!
Flo Hendry11-Jul-2012 03:13
Wonderful reflections giving making this a very artistic image. Excellent example of how the rule of thirds can be broken successfully. Excellent!!!
Flora10-Jul-2012 13:19
Fantastic image. V
Hans-Peter Henriksen starman09-Jul-2012 18:54
Fantastic shot. Big vote
J S Quesada08-Jul-2012 02:48
Impressive image. Beautiful light and reflection. V
Sarah Rehfeldt06-Jul-2012 23:20
The blue stone and reflection are fascinating.
Fernando Conde06-Jul-2012 18:07
Great! (V)
Vijay22-Jan-2012 03:22
simply Brilliant !
Dan Opdal21-Jan-2012 19:45
Fantastic shot, superbly done! BV
fara120-Jan-2012 23:32
amazing gallery.well done.v
Roland20-Jan-2012 10:11
Simply beautiful image. Thanks for the description as well. BV
Milan Vogrin17-Jan-2012 10:25
Chris Morton16-Jan-2012 10:25
"the camera never lies" or I would hardly believe it - especially the pendant. So grateful it has had a visitor like you (and your kit) to do justice to it
Dan the man15-Jan-2012 13:56
Very GREAT work my friend... Thank you for sharing such a jewel! And for the history information! 10/10
Jim & Josefina13-Jan-2012 15:55
My goodness this is a great shot!
Rob Oele13-Jan-2012 12:03
Woooow!! VV
Richard Calmes12-Jan-2012 18:56
This is a killer image! V
William Barletta12-Jan-2012 16:23
What marvelous image. Superb in every respect ~V~
Chris Spracklen10-Jan-2012 22:23
Sublime photo, Tomasz.
World class, my friend! *BV*
Alain Boussac09-Jan-2012 16:19
Wonderful in all ways. BV.
Steve Vucko09-Jan-2012 13:43
Beautifully taken. V!
John Armstrong09-Jan-2012 13:24
Superb image in difficult conditions, congratulations! V
Hugh Rooney09-Jan-2012 11:16
Love this image...great reflection in difficult light...the figure really helps as well...VVV
McGarva08-Jan-2012 19:50
Nice ... great exposure and reflections ... sublime colours! :)
Helen Betts08-Jan-2012 18:35
This is an incredibly elegant image, with the pale colors of the piers and beautiful reflections. V.
Blandine Mangin08-Jan-2012 14:32
superb ! v
yosi aptekar08-Jan-2012 10:55
Outstanding shot.
Betty Vlasiu08-Jan-2012 09:55
Very nice work .
Marcela Mejia Photography08-Jan-2012 05:55
Outstanding image Tomasz. V
Cindi Smith08-Jan-2012 05:46
Exceptional image! This is wonderful! Only thing I would change is to clone out the person in the shot. BV!
soulis08-Jan-2012 02:45
Great! V.
lou_rozensteins07-Jan-2012 23:40
Excellent work again. Well done.
Maurice Nijssen07-Jan-2012 23:20
Fantastic work !!!
Wonderful photo !!! V
Sheila07-Jan-2012 23:13
Graeme07-Jan-2012 22:48
This is an amazing place and a photographers dream. Impeccable as always, Tomasz.BV
laine07-Jan-2012 22:48
Outstanding shot Tomasz..stunning detail
Light_Works07-Jan-2012 22:24
Beautiful image! Well done! V.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad07-Jan-2012 22:11
Awesome! V
J. Scott Coile07-Jan-2012 20:58
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography07-Jan-2012 20:43
w tej galerii moze byc to jedno zdejcie,v
Pieter Bos07-Jan-2012 20:22
Great image! ~V
Johnny JAG07-Jan-2012 20:02
Superb in every way
Jim Coffman07-Jan-2012 19:59
Simply stunning!!
Mariusz Bartniczak07-Jan-2012 19:54
Great place and great photo.
zyziza07-Jan-2012 19:46
Beautiful! v
Mark Chambers07-Jan-2012 19:43
Great shot, great info.
Big Vote!
Tom Munson07-Jan-2012 19:41
WOW. one of your best, Tomasz!
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak07-Jan-2012 19:38
Excellent image!!! ~BV~
basri_eli07-Jan-2012 19:34
Amazing !! V!!
Vickie BROWN07-Jan-2012 19:24
Stunning capture of the beautiful reflection and details! BV
faye white07-Jan-2012 19:24
Wow! Amazing image! V
Carol E Sandgren07-Jan-2012 19:18
The reflection really completes this image! How beautiful!!
Walter O. Koenig07-Jan-2012 19:17
Great shot of this fascinating place. "V"
joanteno07-Jan-2012 19:07
Big vote! great shot
niveshel07-Jan-2012 19:06
fotabug07-Jan-2012 19:03
Amazing structure! Beautiful photo!
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