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    Portuguese Cistern

    by solopes Updated Aug 21, 2012

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    After the fortress, this cistern is the greatest Portuguese edification in El Jadida. And it is an interesting and cool visit.

    What will the teachers tell about us, the portuguese, to the many scholar children that we noticed visiting it? Will they mention that the cistern was made in 1514 by the Portuguese, as part of the fort, and later used as cistern, with one thousand square meters, and beautiful arcades?

    Will they tell that its beauty attracted the cinema, from Orson Welles to Coppola, and other?

    They should, because... it's true.

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    Sedi Bozaid

    by Doctor38 Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    Sidi Bouzid id 3 km away from Eljadida. You can get to it by taking the bus, which will cost you around 3 dh. You can catch these buses next to the fort (see the picture). These buses operate until 7 pm

    The beaches are very nice. There are few restaurants, grocery stores and a pharmacy. You can rent a room in the hotel or rent one of these little villas on the beach. The going rate was 500 dh per night.

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    The Cisterna

    by Doctor38 Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    This is one of the original structures built with the fortification. Initially it was used as a stable and later on as a prison. When water became scarce it was used as water storage facility. You can still see a thin layer of water and you can see beautiful light and sky reflection.

    The vaulted ceiling is stunning. All in all this is a must visit if you are in Casablanca. Expect to pay 20 dh entrance fee

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    Portugese fortification

    by Doctor38 Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    This structure was built on the Atlantic coast in the early 16th century. It represent an early example of Renaissance military design. This city was the one of the early settlements of the Portuguese explorers on the long road to India. The city was liberated by Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah in 1769 and he renamed the city "El Jadeda" which means the new in Arabic.

    Today the city is on the UNESCO world Heritage list since 2004. The castle has a nice atmosphere and you can walk through it. It is considered a residential neighbourhood with people living within the houses and alleys. As you enter the castle you'll find plenty of souvenir shops and a very nice restaurant. Make sure to walk over the ramp which encircles the fort. It has a very nice view of the port and the city.

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    The Synegouge and the Church of the Assumption

    by Doctor38 Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    Beside the fortification you can see some of the surviving original building like the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, both built in late Gothic architecture style.

    There are 3 churches, one Synagogue and few mosques. The Synagogue has the star of David below an Islamic crescent. I was told that you can get in but I couldn't locate the person who has the key. May be you'll have a better luck. All 3 churches function as an administrative buildings

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    Jadidah and Houzia Beaches

    by Doctor38 Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    Jadedah Beaches
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    Houzia Beaches are an extension of the nearby Azmmore beach. It has very little in terms of restaurants and facilities. You have to have your own transportation to get there. It is way less crowded than the other beaches in the city which is a big plus.

    Jadidah beach has the advantage of being in the Down town area, with all the restaurants and few hotels near by. There is plenty of cafes. There is a little park with swings for the little one to play with. The Portuguese castle and port are also within a walking distance.

    All these beaches are crowded during summer time as people flock to it from Casablanca and Marrakech

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    Local Theater

    by Doctor38 Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    It is worth checking out as there are various exhibits for local artists. When I visited the town there was an Exhibit about Moroccan plants and gardens

    This theatre is located on the main square in town. between the for and the El Jadeda beaches, within a walking distance of both places.

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    Portuguese citadel

    by solopes Written Dec 12, 2013
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    From 1506 to 1769 this town was portuguese, under the name of Mazagão. In 2004 it was classified as world heritage by UNESCO, that writes about it:

    "The Portuguese fortification of Mazagan, now part of the city of El Jadida, 90-km southwest of Casablanca, was built as a fortified colony on the Atlantic coast in the early 16th century. It was taken over by the Moroccans in 1769. The fortification with its bastions and ramparts is an early example of Renaissance military design. The surviving Portuguese buildings include the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, built in the Manueline style of late Gothic architecture. The Portuguese City of Mazagan - one of the early settlements of the Portuguese explorers in West Africa on the route to India - is an outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures, well reflected in architecture, technology, and town planning."

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    Foreigners/Christian cemetary

    by angiebabe Written Dec 21, 2013
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    Along the road following the beach out of El Jadida is a large Christian cemetery which is well worth a visit.
    With many old gravestones and tombs of European families that lived and died here during Morocco's colonial ruled days this is a really interesting place for the history. Nicely maintained - with flowers and plants, grassed areas are obviously attended to and kept cut and tidy - of course being a majority Muslim country this is really impressed to see.
    It looks like there is a guardian who lives or spends a lot of time on site to care for and watch over the site. and in a beautiful spot with beach and sea just across the road.

    The main gates were open when we drove past so we parked the car and walked on in. Didn't see any signs as to the name of the cemetery or for opening hours - I would imagine this place is looked after and respected but discretely....

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  • The Cite Portugaise

    by Urban_Kitten Written Nov 16, 2003

    El Jadida is a small enough town that you probably won't miss anything even if you're only staying a short while BUT, if you can only visit one spot - spend an hour or so wandering through the Cité Portugaise. Built in the 16th century by those seafring Portuguese merchants, the walled city (within a city) features ramparts, a small Spanish chapel, gracious if not decaying homes and its glorious cistern - made famous in Orson Welles' "Othello".

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    The Portuguese Cistern

    by brancolini Written Jun 30, 2006

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    The Portuguese Cistern

    An underground cistern to keep cool water available. Worthwile if there is water to reflect the ceilings. A very nice piece of architecture, world heritage of UNESCO.

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