Essaouira (English pronunciation: /ˌɛsəˈwɪərə/; Arabic: الصويرة, Berber: M-ugadir) is a touristic and windy city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, on the Atlantic coast. It was formerly known, by the 16th century Portuguese as Mogador or Mogadore.
Archaeological research shows that Essaouira has been occupied since prehistoric times. The bay at Essaouira is partially sheltered by the island of Mogador, making it a peaceful harbor protected against strong marine winds.
Essaouira has long been considered as one of the best anchorages of the Moroccan coast. The Carthaginian navigator Hanno visited and established a trading post there in the 5th century BC.
Around the end of the 1st century BC or early 1st century AD, Juba II established a Tyrian purple factory, processing the murex and purpura shells found in the intertidal rocks at Essaouira and the Iles Purpuraires. This dye colored the purple stripe in Imperial Roman Senatorial togas.
A Roman villa was also excavated on Mogador island. A Roman vase was found as well as coinage from the 3rd century CE. Most of the artifacts are now visible in the Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah Museum and the Rabat Archaeological Museum.
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KLB (23723) 2010-11-11 1:07
Then you're back from Morocco ;o)
How was this trip ?
This typical blue boats are recognizable at the first sight for whom was lucky to stay in Essaouira...
A great daily life scene.
Your framing is perfect to get a graphical effect, and I see that even in November, the light is pleasant.
A bright and colorful picture, compliments.
pauloog (11739) 2010-11-11 1:11
Photographed so many times but it remains an impressive symphony in blue, well brought with the white hulls i nthe background as a godo contrast.
hemantbuch (1649) 2010-11-11 1:40
Beautiful composition...the boats appear almost confused and there isn't the usual synchronised anchoring that you would see in other places...the light and colors are great and your composition highlights these old blue beauties. Well done!
jonathan_hart (21270) 2010-11-11 1:47
it's quite messy! but interesting to look to the details
IGU (151) 2010-11-11 2:05
First of all - outstanding composition. Of course beautiful colours with majority of blue. It's my dream to see Morocco in future. This picture show "dynamism" of this stative situation.
matylda76 (155) 2010-11-11 2:44
great blue image, a lot of boats of Marrakech
nice shot in excellent POV;
snunney (72796) 2010-11-11 4:06
These blue fishing boats all crammed together make a fascinating subject for a photograph. The composition is well framed with the row of larger boats standing at the back. Light, colours and sharpness are all very good here.
timecapturer (37200) 2010-11-11 5:59
well seen shot, just love the mixture of blues, wonderful stuff!
PaulVDV (17333) 2010-12-12 13:12
Of all the pictures ever posted of the blue boats of Essaouria, this photo certainly has one of the best compositions.
The fishermen there really live in a 'blue world'.
Best regards, Paul
- Copyright: Csaba Witz (csabagaba) (6538)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Sony DSC R1, ZeissVario-SonnarT*14,3-71,5 f/ 2,8-4,8, Soligor Blueline UV 67mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-11 0:59