Mazagan was one of the most significant places in Morocco; what was once a bustling port area is now part of El Jadida city. It was proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2004. This amazing place is an ideal location if you’re in the mood to take lots of pictures – just take a look at all the photos I ended up taking during my trip!
Mazagan or Mazagão in Portuguese, was founded in 1513 due to its importance to navigation and trade during that time. This is due to the fact that it became one of the early settlements of the Portuguese explorers in West Africa who were en route to India.
The remaining Portuguese fortification from the Mazagan influence is now part of El Jadida City, which is located in the southwest of Casablanca, near the seaside. It’s also known as “Cité Portugaise” and has been a Portuguese “territory” ’til 1769, when the minister of the monarchy, Marquês de Pombal decided to evacuate the city. Its inhabitants then moved to Brazil, where they founded a new settlement called, Nova Mazagão.
In 2004 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, based on its status as an “outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures”.
It’s a nice place to visit when you are in Morocco and while you are in Mazagan, make sure that you do not miss out on the Cistern of Mazagan