Photographer's Note

This is a shot from Essaouira at sunset, taken from the top tower located in the harbour, south-west of the city.

That spot was known by Phenician people from the VIIth century BC as an important harbour in their trading economy since they came and bought deep red tints from local people.

In the XVth century, Portuguese people settled a trade and military place they called "Mogador".

Starting from the late XVIIIth, the city grew a lot, backed by the Allaouite Sultan Sidi Mohammad Ben Abdellah (Mohammad II) who decided to make that harbour a strong place. To do so, he asked the French architect Theodore Cornut - who already built different strong places for the French King Louis XV - to design the city as it looks today with stong walls (called Sqala) protecting a small Medina.

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