Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.
Criterion ii Essaouira is an outstanding and well preserved example of a late 18th century European fortified seaport town translated to a North African context. Criterion iv With the opening up of Morocco to the rest of the world in the later 17th century Essaouira was laid out by a French architect who had been profoundly influenced by the work of Vauban at Saint-Malo. It has retained its European appearance to a substantial extent.
Year of Inscription: 2001
Add world heritage to your travel plans – plan to visit Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador)! Sign up on GoUNESCO to get travel advice, tips, partners and help with traveling to Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador).https://www.gounesco.com/heritage/sites/medina-of-essaouira-formerly-mogador/https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/14062554/essaouira.jpghttps://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/14062554/essaouira-150x150.jpg