Photographer's Note

The main characteristic of the sqala in the port of Essaouira, built in the 18th, is its association with the city’s defensive system, which was European in design, conceived by the French architect Théodore Cornut. He was commissioned by the Alaouite sultan, and the architect designed an unique building in Moroccan military architecture.
The urban network and large axes of the port of Essaouira resemble the major European ports, like those constructed by Vauban. But in the details of its construction and its architectural characteristics, it is an original Moroccan creation.
The tower of the port, flanked by four turrets, immediately echoes the Torre de Belém in Lisbon because of the sturdiness of its construction materials, its shape and position within the fortifications for defending the city port, and its sea front.

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Additional Photos by Karine Zilbermann (KLB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 946 N: 3826] (23723)
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