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Portuguese Cistern in El Jadida. This is really mysterious place in Morocco – as is history.
Cistern – meant to store drinking water in case of siege – was built by…Portuguese in 16th century. When couple of years later Portuguese had to abandon the city in 18th century cistern was forgotten. Local story says that Moroccans were not aware of its presence and it was discovered by local merchant when he tried to remove one of walls in his store to enlarge it. What he found was a large dungeon – the Cistern. I do not know if this is the true or not – anyway, place is amazing – especially if you are lucky to be there when a thin layer of water covers the floor, creating natural mirror reflecting the ceiling. It was recognized by Orson Wells who used it to film riot scene in his “Othello”.

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